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Whether you need to supplement your narrative writing unit or you'd like to start from scratch, a thorough unit plan can be a helpful way to guide learners through personal narratives. The plan has complete learning goals and instructions, as well as graphic organizers for kids to plan out their writing. Use all 69 pages in your planning, or select the parts you'd like to use to fill in any unit gaps.
Graphic organizers are a wonderful tool for young writers to use to help them get their thoughts in order for a piece of writing. Here, learners are coached on what a piece of narrative writing is, and how they must have a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Examples are read, then a photograph is displayed on a screen. Everyone makes up a story based on the image. They use a worksheet, embedded in the plan, which has them list ideas for their beginning, middle, and end of the story. Tip: Having some parent helpers present for the writing activity will help it go much more smoothly.
Third graders develop writing skills. In this beginning, middle and end of a story activity, 3rd graders understand how the sequence of events develops the story. Students work in small groups and act out parts of a story they write. Students focus of the main character and their importance in the story.
First graders experience the idea of beginning, middle, and end in a variety of situations including literary and musical. They identify the beginning, middle and end of Where the Wild Things Are
Students investigate literature by analyzing a story in class. In this fantasy tale lesson, students read a storybook titled Raising Dragons and identify the main character, her conflict and the setting. Students write their own story by identifying the proper structure and adhering to a beginning, middle and end.
First graders identify the beginning, middle, and ending of a story and describe the plot, setting, and the characters. As a class they read a picture story and identify the beginning, middle, and end. Students then draw a picture of an alternate ending to the story.
Students examine the beginning, middle, and end of a familiar story. In this literacy lesson, students listen to a song while identifying the beginning, middle, and end. They listen to Maurice Sendek's, Where the Wild Things Are, while identifying the beginning; they are introduced to the middle, and discuss the end. They review the three parts of the story.
Analyzing the sequence of actions in dramatic stories leads to deeper comprehension of story structure. The class identifies the main actions in each section of a story and develops frozen tableau's for the identified actions of the story. Great for kinesthetic learners!
Elementary schoolers develop an awareness of the literary form known as the fable. They explore how authors write fables to pass along moral lessons. After reading and discussing many famous fables embedded in the plan, learners attempt to write their own fable that has a clear beginning, middle, and end, as well as a moral. The fables are meant to be written for a 21st century audience, and address a societal issue prevalent in today's society.
Students select one of the photographs they have taken of friends, pets, parents or objects and write a story. The photos provide visual prompts and a supportive framework for their writing.
Elementary schoolers listen to a read aloud of Brenda Z. Guiberson's, Cactus Hotel before acting the story out using the proper sequence of events. Using a graphic organizer, they determine the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Finally, as an assessment they write a summary, poem or narrative from the cacti' point of view.
First graders are read a variety of stories and asked to identify the beginning, middle and end. As a class, they discuss the importance of writing well and how it can improve one's spoken word as well. Individually, they write their own story making sure to use descriptive words and identify the beginning, middle and end.
Students observe three boxes drawn on the board to organize a story's beginning, middle, and end. They listen to the story Zigzag and identify a beginning, middle and end to organize their thoughts sequentially to improve recall.
Students examine story structure and determine how to ask questions to improve reading comprehension. They read an article and practice answering questions in a teacher lead lesson before completing the task independently. Next they make a story map of "The Secret of Silver Pond" in a whole group before making one of "Whooz-z-z Snooz-z-zing?" that is used as an assessment.
What does a philanthropist do? Help your class explore philanthropy using character development and literacy ideas. Learners will define and give examples of philanthropy, listen to The Lion and the Mouse, discuss how the characters help each other, and create a flip book focused on the events from the beginning, middle, and end of the story. At the end, have partners practice retelling the story to each other. Further extension activities are listed to help you celebrate National Philanthropy Day as a class.
Pupils practice retelling the story, Caps for Sale. In this summarizing lesson, students read the book and summarize the events from the text. Pupils use sequential words when retelling the story.
While this resource is actually attempting to sell a product, the foundational ideas may be worth looking into. Using Braidy the StoryBraid doll, learners will gain a better understanding of beginning, middle, and end, as well as story retell. This concept is intended for children in K-2nd grade but could be easily adapted for use with a special-needs audience.
Stella Louella’s Runaway Book launches a study of point of view and storytelling. After reading the tale, class members retell the story from the point of view of another character. The scripted plan, developed by a teacher candidate, includes a perspective activity, adaptations, and a rubric.
Middle schoolers identify writing techniques in example stories with this story structure lesson. After reading the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, they find the differences between it and the original version. Additionally, they decipher the beginning, middle, and end of this story and others.
Elementary learners identify the main elements of story structure and form questions to summarize their reading. They listen as the teacher reads a story and then write questions to determine (1) main characters, (2) setting, (3) problem, and (4) solution.

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