Narrative Writing Workshop for Middle School ELA PRINT & DIGITAL

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Narrative Writing is fun and easy with the step-by-step instructions and mini-lessons included in this unit! It covers personal narrative writing, fictional narrative writing, and biographical narrative writing. It includes full-length mentor texts AND a 41-page writer's notebook with prompts! Digital and Print versions are included!

8/20: You're going to adore the awesome update to this resource! Additional mini lessons, editable daily plans to make your life easy, AND a writer's notebook your students will flip over!

You will LOVE the results you see after using this comprehensive narrative unit! Your students' will THRIVE and your planning will be simple. Everything you need for a month of lessons is included, and it is versatile enough that you can easily adjust the unit to take 15 days or up to 25.

It includes at-a-glance instructions that will guide your students step-by-step through the process with ease. Students will learn the key elements to include in every story. They will read and examine three mentor texts, they will "plant" seed ideas, plan their writing, write, revise, edit, and publish. Everything you need is right here: from the personal, fictional, and biographical mentor texts to mini-lessons on every requirement.

The unit can be 20 days long, or you can easily adjust it to be longer or shorter. I've included completed instructions on how to use it. This narrative writing plan easily lends itself to differentiation and gives you many choices as to which writing skills and mini-lessons you would like to cover.


❤️ AMAZING! Very easy to follow with everything needed for a well-developed narrative. Thank you!

❤️ I am absolutely thrilled with this purchase. It is exactly what I was looking for, and it covers all the concepts and mini-lessons that are important for the style of writing. I can tell a lot of work went into the creation of this document. I cannot wait to use it...also, thanks for the digital copy!

❤️ WOW! This Narrative Writing Plan is AMAZING. So easy to follow, super engaging. I'm so impressed by how much it is intriguing my students and inspiring their writing.



How to Use the Unit: Day by day instructions for easy planning.

♦ Editable Planning Pages (so you can copy and paste lessons into your planbook)

♦ A 41 page/slide Writer's Notebook with prompts and blank pages/slides

♦ Personal Narrative Mentor Text: “Fun” Phobia

♦ Mentor Text- Biographical: Big Hal and the Metallic Roof

♦ Mentor Text for Writing Fiction: Death Comes to Baghdad

Generating Ideas: Specific graphic organizers are geared toward writing each type of narrative.

Planning Pages: Flowchart, Plot Map, and Plot Diagram

Magnetic Starters: This mini lesson will help you teach your students how to write a captivating opening to hook readers.

Point of View: Use this mini lesson to show students how to utilize point of view to best tell a story.

Creating Characters: Students will have fun inventing fictional characters with this exercise.

Transition Words

Thoughtshots: This is a game-changer in personal narratives!

Figurative Language

Dialogue: Teach students the purpose of including dialogue in a story, as well as HOW to punctuate it properly.

Paragraphing: Show students the importance of paragraphing and provide them with fiction and nonfiction practice.

Dynamic Endings: This lesson will enable students to leave readers with a sweet taste in their mouths!

Writing with Voice: Yes! It is possible to teach voice.

Sensory Details: Sensory details add that special flavor to a story!

Concrete Language: This mini lesson will help students use concrete language to say exactly what they mean to say.

Choosing a Title

Student Revision Checklist


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It is also part of this BIG writing bundle:

Argumentative, Narrative, Informative, Research Writing and More: BIG Bundle


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Argumentative Essay Writing {Common Core Aligned}

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.



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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, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.


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