In this unit, students will write a realistic fiction story. Using the organizers, students will develop their characters, setting, events, and problems in the story before even getting started. They will then create visuals to go with their writing. By the time they are actually ready to write their stories, they will have planned them out so well, the transfer between their papers and their imaginations will be easy and relatively painless (especially for those reluctant writers!). This unit gets students writing realistic fiction.
This unit is easy to differentiate, as higher level students can focus on more deeply developing storylines, including characters, events, & problems, and struggling students can focus on getting basic ideas out on paper in a way that makes sense. Additionally, because of the excellent preparation students get with this unit, and the intensive writing practice they do to prepare a realistic fiction story, there are endless possibilities when it comes to having students demonstrate understanding of realistic fiction. The teacher may have students create additional projects to supplement this unit, or use other types of projects to replace the traditional story writing. This unit works well with other materials and resources on each element of story, and any part of it may be replaced or supplemented at the teacher feels is appropriate for a particular group of students. The possibilities really are unlimited.