Narrative Writing Using Fairy Tale Characters and their Traits

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Use this resource that includes 5 narrative writing prompts to help address the Common Core State Standard for Narrative Writing in Grade 3 (W.3.3). Students respond to a narrative writing prompt based on a well-known fairy tale using one of the fairy tale characters and their traits.

In this resource, students are presented with a prompt about a character from a fairy tale. The teacher uses the included mini-lessons to address all the components of the narrative writing prompt, which include:

  • describing the setting
  • examining character traits
  • establishing a problem/solution plot outline
  • writing dialogue
  • showing NOT telling description

Once the prompt components are taught and practiced, the student begins drafting the narrative. Students can publish on themed final draft writing paper when all revisions and editing is done.


►For the Teacher

  • Narrative Prompt Explanation
  • Teaching Notes
  • Describing the Setting Mini-Lesson
  • Examining Traits Mini-Lesson
  • Problem-Solution-Sequence Mini-Lesson
  • Adding Dialogue Mini-Lesson
  • Show Not Tell Mini-Lesson
  • RAFT Notes

For the Student

  • Narrative Writing Prompt for each character
  • Describe the Setting Graphic Organizer for each character
  • Examining Traits Graphic Organizer for each character
  • Problem-Solution-Sequence Graphic Organizer for each
  • Adding Dialogue Practice Page for each character
  • Show Not Tell Graphic Organizer for each character
  • Final Draft blank writing page for each character (2 versions:
    one with an illustration box and one without, plus an additional blank page if more space is needed)

Additional Resources Included

  • Generic Describe the Setting Graphic Organizer
  • Generic Examining Traits Graphic Organizer
  • Generic Problem-Solution-Sequence Graphic Organizer
  • Generic Show Not Tell Graphic Organizer
  • Generic RAFT Graphic Organizer
  • RAFT Writing Activities for each character

The five RAFT writing activities include:

  • An Advice column written by Goldilocks
  • Text messages between Little Red Riding Hood and the Woodsman
  • A friendly letter between Jack of the Beanstalk and the Giant’s Wife
  • An email from Hansel and Gretel to the Evil Witch
  • A How-To Manual from the Big Bad Wolf to the Three Little Pigs

Each prompt uses a fairy tale character, including Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Jack of the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, and The Big Bad Wolf.

Please note: the fairy tales are NOT included. This product is NOT editable.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Teri D. says, "My students had so much fun with this - creativity +"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jane D. says, "comprehensive writing resource for fictional narratives based on a text!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wendy Pritchett says, "So fun! My students really enjoyed this unit!"

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Total Pages
82 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


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