Teaching Narrative Writing: An Introductory Lesson for Grades 3-5

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Getting started with narrative writing is actually one of my favorite things to teach...and helping students plan a narrative and get organized makes everything flow so much more smoothly! Whether writing personal narratives or fiction, this little resource helps me SO much every year! The best part? Students always feel successful and feel they have done their very best writing.

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I have included full directions with photos to show you the lesson in action, suggestions for anchor charts or classroom displays, and any forms or sheets you would need to do it yourself! This is a two day lesson to help you introduce narrative writing to your intermediate students. From taking an idea, to mapping out the "scenes", to enriching their writing with details, to drafting--it walks you through a two day sequence complete with classroom photos! Also included are a graphic organizer to help, 2 anchor chart ideas (and printable student learning posters of them), a narrative writing rubric, and a student self-assessment tool.

Consider using yourself or having as sub plans—everything you need is included for easy copying or can be commonly found in your classroom (ex. chart paper, lined paper, office supplies, etc.)


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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