Narrative Text Teacher Resources
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Writing Process- Narrative Writing
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.
Developing the Beginning, Middle and End of a Story
Third graders develop writing skills. In this beginning, middle and end of a story lesson, 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.
Beginning, Middle and Ending
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
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.
Beginning, Middle, and End
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.
Fabulous, Fractured Fables
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.
Dance and Writing
Fourth graders use dance moves to perform narratives. For this dramatic performing lesson, 4th graders use strong and soft movements to show what character's voice is portraying. Students also use movement to show the feelings in the beginning, middle and end of a story.
What is a Philanthropist?
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.
TELL THE SEQUENCE IN AN ORAL REPORT
Second graders survey a favorite story he/she has read or heard read aloud. They use the graphic organizer to draw illustrations that show the beginning, middle and end of the story. They tell the title of the story, whether it is "real" or "make believe," and how he/she determined that.
SEQUENCING A STORY WITH PICTURES: TEXT AND TALK
Third graders create a graphic organizer. They draw illustrations that show the beginning, middle and end of a trip they took to visit a friend or a relative. They write age-appropriate text to accompany each drawing. They tell his/her story to an audience using the details in the picture.
Harmony and Expression in Writing Form
How do you write an interesting beginning, middle, and end of a story? With this lesson, young writers look to other stories as examples. Then, they use some of the attached graphic organizers to help them create their own story. Note: Some graphic organizers might be too complicated; ensure that they are well explained and modeled for all writers.
Describing Paintings: Calm or Stormy
Young writers use nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe details in two paintings. One depicts a sunny landscape, and the other shows a cloudier view. They write a narrative inspired by the paintings, paying attention to transitional words or phrases and sensory details. They will then use color and line to create their own calm or stormy landscape.
Where Do We Begin?
Primary learners grasp sequence of events by discussing morning routines and reviewing the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They explore the necessity of correct order of events. As a class, create a story with a beginning, middle, and end based on a picture. Assess with a simple re-sequencing exercise; extend by having trios tell original three-sentence stories out of sequence and have the rest of the class re-order them so they make sense.
Get your first graders up and moving with this creative plan. Each pair receives a poster with a picture on it. First they identify the word associated with the picture, then they use three clothespins to divide the word into its beginning, middle, and ending sounds. There's also a fun extension activity included!
Tell Me a Story
Young readers will retell and sequence a familiar story from a different culture. They listen to a story, retell it through pantomime, sequence the story, and discuss the beginning, middle, and end. They will learn about parts of a story and create their own story in a group setting. In the end, they will answer questions about stories to evaluate understanding. Extension activities, technology tie-ins, and a list of vocabulary words are also included.
Explore sequencing with first and second graders. As a group, they listen to the story Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett, and then generate important events from the story as the teacher writes them on the board. They also get to cut out a three-part bear pattern and write beginning, middle, and end events from the story on each part.
After looking at the back of a quarter featuring Oregon terrain, learners distinguish between fiction and non-fiction and identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. First, they listen to legends that describe the creation of Crater Lake. Then, they identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story. And, finally, they do a group sequencing activity.
Introduce: Summarizing Narrative Text with the Fable the Tortoise and the Eagle
There is a valuable lesson revealed in the fable The Tortoise and the Eagle, and scholars examine it as they learn about theme, summarizing, and main ideas. The text is included here; read it once for learners to understand the whole story before demonstrating summary through a think aloud. There is a script here for this if you need it. Emphasize breakdown of the story into beginning, middle, and end, finishing by paraphrasing the author's main message. There are discussion questions here to prompt learners into deeper connections with the text before they try summarizing a fable on their own. Consider challenging the class to write their own fables and summarize a partner's writing.
Collecting Family Stories
Learners interview relatives and compose a family story on the computer. They compile this lesson is with two others involving art and media into a student portfolio. Each student researches, diagrams and writes a story with a beginning, middle and end about appreciation for their own family heritage.
Story Structure Slide Show
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!