Personal Narrative Writing Common Core Mini Lessons Grade 8 Print and Digital

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Print & Digital! No planning needed! These 21 easy-to-use mini lessons have everything you need to make teaching narrative writing a snap! In one month, your students will go from generating an idea to writing a full narrative. And you'll have time to work with them every step of the way!

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This unit has:

  • Complete editable unit plan
  • Lesson plans for each mini lesson
  • Digital & print version!
  • 21 mini lessons

You'll have everything from lesson plans, planning chart, mini lessons, answer key, and examples. You can start teaching this today!

Mini lessons include:

  • student-friendly standard
  • clear instructions to make it easy for you to model
  • "bite-sized" activity that makes writing the narrative easy
  • students will learn writing skills as they work on their narratives

The mini lessons:

  1. What is a narrative (anchor chart)
  2. Reading a narrative
  3. Assignment sheet & rubric
  4. Gathering ideas, part I
  5. Gathering ideas graphic organizer, part II
  6. Freewriting
  7. Establishing the sequence
  8. Establishing context and point of view
  9. Creating a first draft
  10. Narrative technique: characters
  11. Narrative technique: dialogue
  12. Narrative technique: pacing
  13. Narrative technique: description
  14. Narrative technique: reflection
  15. Transitions: Words, phrases, clauses
  16. Word choice: relevant descriptive details and precise words
  17. Word choice: sensory language
  18. Crafting a conclusion
  19. Revising for clear, coherent writing, organization, and style
  20. Peer review
  21. Proofread: Demonstrate command of conventions

The unit also includes:

  • Lesson plan chart
  • Editable lesson chart
  • Suggested teaching calendar (editable)
  • Teaching chart for each mini lesson that includes: lesson notes, standard, student-friendly standard, student task, assessment/homework suggestion

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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.


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