Narrative writing is a Common Core standard for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. In this activity students imagine they are an explorer or research scientist and they record their experiences in a 3 part travel journal.
Students are asked to choose a place on earth (suggestions included) that they find interesting, then research it online and in the library making notes in the booklet of what they find.
They then imagine a journey to that place and describe their journey in detail including the weather conditions, equipment required, problems they face and the solutions they find.
The research elements helps students to build knowledge which they can later incorporate into their journal entries.
Students are encouraged to use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
Graphic organizers are provided as guidance during the planning stages followed by self and peer checklists. A rubric is included for teachers.
Over the course of this activity students will develop and strengthen their writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting in accordance with the CCSS.
Links to videos and further resources are also provided.
Aligned to the CCSS:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3b Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3c Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3e Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3.)
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 here.)
Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
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