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Narrative Writing
Students will use their keyboarding skills to complete pre-writing activities and to write a narrative.
 
I can:

Write a narrative.

Tech Skills:
  • Keyboarding
Materials and Resources:

Interactive Literary Elements Organizers

Interactive Circle Plot Organizer

Grade Level:
  • 4th-8th Grade
Subject Area:
  • Language Arts
Procedure:

Activity 1

  • Begin by reviewing the elements of a story with students.

  • Assign students a writing theme or prompt for their narratives.

    For example:

    A personal narrative

    A narrative with a character who overcomes a fear

    A narrative set in a particular time period

    A mystery

    A fantasy

  • Allow students 2-3 class periods to brainstorm by using tools from ReadWriteThink.

  • First, have students complete the Literary Elements Organizers.

    Using their keyboarding skills, students will complete brief mapping activities for characters, setting, conflict, and resolution.

    Students can print each activity as they finish. Note that there is not a save option. So, students should print each organizer as they finish.

  • Next, have students complete the Circle Plot Organizer.

    This organizer allows students to organize other important plot events in a sequential pattern.

    Students will write brief details about events other than the conflict and resolution, though they can still add those events into the sequence as well.

    Again, students will need to print the organizer when finished as there is no save option.

     

 

Activity 2

Using the tools you have available, students will write a narrative.

  • Now that students have finished prewriting, assign students the specific manner in which you would like them to complete their narratives.

    Assign the narrative in Google Classroom by creating a blank template to share with students.

    Ask students to create a Google Doc for the narrative.

    Ask students to use other word processing options, such as Microsoft Word.

  • Allow students 1-3 class periods to use their pre-writing activities to aid them in writing their rough drafts.

  • Depending on the time you have available, you may wish to allow students to peer edit. Encourage students to share their pre-writing activities with their partners. This will help ensure students are using their pre-writing activities to help them organize their writing.

    If you are able to use Google Docs, consider allowing students share their documents with a partner.

    Students can use the built in highlighter and comment tools in the Google Doc to highlight sections and leave comments for each other.

    Alternately, most word processing programs have a built in commenting tool, if you are unable to use Google Docs. These documents can be shared via email.

  • Allow students time to make improvements before turning in the narrative.

  • Students can print or digitally turn in their narratives, such as through Google Classroom.

Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Supplementary Resources:

Students can create a more detailed character organizer with this trading card creator. Click here for the activity.

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