Narrative Writing Unit - Personal Narrative- Google Classroom Distance Learning

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In this detailed, CCSS-aligned, 10-day unit, students will learn about narrative writing and actively participate in the writing process. Students will write personal narratives about an interesting experience that taught them a lesson. In their personal narratives, students will include key elements of narrative writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions. Through the study of a mentor text, pre-writing activities, draft guidelines, revision mini-lessons and guides, peer conferencing, and editing, students will write a powerful personal narrative.

This unit is very versatile. It can be taught at the beginning of the school year to learn about students and build a classroom community, in conjunction with Open House, after a school break, or even at the end of the year with the lesson learned focused on the current school year. Whenever you teach this unit, you’ll be thrilled with the superb writing that students create and the pride they show in their work.

Great news! This resource includes a traditional PDF version of the student writing packet, as well as a link for Google Slides. This means that this resource is ready for Google Classroom! The digital version of the packet is accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online. You’ll find links for digital versions of the student writing packet and the grading rubric included with this resource.

In this unit, students will:

  • Write narratives to develop real experiences
  • Develop skills in organizing events naturally and logically
  • Learn about and write using narrative techniques including dialogue, pacing, voice, description and description
  • Use a variety of transition words and phrases in their writing
  • Use precise words and develop word choices and sensory language to convey experiences and events
  • Produce a narrative writing piece that is appropriate to task, purpose and audience
  • Strengthen their writing through planning, revising, editing, and conferencing
  • Build a community of writers
  • Actively listen to and identify elements of narrative writing in their peers’ writing

Common Core State Standards:

  • Writing - W.3, W.3A, W.3B, W.3C, W.3D, W.3E, W.4, W.5, W.6, W.10
  • Reading - R.2, R.6, R.10
  • Language - L.1, L.2, L.3, L.6
  • Speaking and Listening - SL.1, SL.6

This detailed Narrative Writing Unit includes:

  • Detailed lesson plans (10)
  • Guided notes - Narrative Writing
  • Teacher key - Guided notes
  • Mentor text - “The Bike” by Gary Soto
  • Mentor text - Narrative Reflection
  • Narrative Rubric
  • Pre-Writing - Brainstorm Guide
  • Pre-Writing - Graphing
  • Pre-Writing - Graph
  • Planning - Framework
  • Planning - Focusing on the Topic
  • Planning - Putting Events in Order
  • Planning - Sensory Details
  • First Draft Guidelines
  • First Draft - Beginning, Middle and End
  • Revising - Leads
  • Revising - Word Choice
  • Revising - Dialogue Tips and Tricks
  • Revising - Adding Dialogue
  • Revising - Voice
  • Revising - Transitions
  • Revising - Ending
  • Revising - Checklist
  • Editing - Checklist
  • Peer Conference Form
  • Final Copy Guidelines
  • Narrative Listening Guide

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


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