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 well known fairy tale using one of the fairy tale characters and their traits.

UPDATED and EXPANDED January 2019! ⭐

In this resource, students are presented 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 incluide:

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

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


►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 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:

★ 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 which include 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 editble.


Interested in more ELA resources for

★ character analysis
★ central message
★ point of view and perspectives
★ literature companion packs
★ literary centers
★ shades of meaning
★ commas and addresses
★ vocabulary assessments
★ narrative writing
★ ELA games


Use the CUSTOM CATEGORY Character Analysis to find additional resources to teach character analysis and traits.

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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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