Included in this folder are two resources for narrative writing adapted from a Chicago Writing Project professional development in 2015-2016.
Narrative Writing Editing Symbols: This 1 page handout has three symbols with explanations for what makes narratives pop. The three symbols are related to dialogue, snapshots (imagery), and thought-shots (internal monologue). Each has an explanation to help students understand the purpose of using these in narrative writing.
Narrative Elements Exercise: This 2 page worksheet uses the vignette "Edna's Ruthie" from The House on Mango Street to help students identify snapshots, thought-shots, and dialogue in a piece of writing by asking students to identify whether certain underlined passages are best expressions of snapshots, thought-shots or dialogue and why.
NOTE: No answer key is included because some of these could be interpreted in different ways. While the underlined passages are definitely related to at least one of the three narrative elements, they are not necessarily exclusive so student reasoning should be taken into account. (The exercises are best used as a tool to open up discussion rather than an assessment of understanding.)