writing 5th grade ELA Narrative: One really weird Friday with rubrics

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Narrative Essay really weird Friday
Story Elements/ First person Narrative with focus on transitions.

Have students write an essay about the really weird Friday when you had a substitute teacher.

Common core standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3a 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.5.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3c Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3e Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.


Have mini lessons on first person, story elements, and transitions before assigning the essay. Have students complete the story elements graphic organizer. Review the Narrative rubric and have student start their sloppy copy/rough draft. Try having students work with a partner to edit before completing the final copy.

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Story elements: read a picture book and have students complete the story element graphic organizer.


Transitions: Read a picture book and pick out the transition words.
Transition words:

But, on the other hand, though, again, then,
after, all, still, unlike, or, yet, while, although
Instead, however, rather, again, also, then, like, as, If... then, unless, when, whenever
While, because of, as, since, while


First person: Find a picture book or class read aloud that is written in first person. Ask students to pick out identifying words like I to demonstrate first person. Show an example of 3rd person. Pick out the identifying words like he, she that identifies third person.
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