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Binoculars are used as a metaphor for good descriptive writing. Class members first view a small picture and then an enlarged view of the same image in which the details come into focus. Next, learners examine a paragraph lacking sensory details and one rich in description. Finally, class members craft their own personal narratives. Prompts, story ideas, check lists, and assessments are included in this richly detailed plan.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Imagine what it was like to be a slave in the United States in 1845. Eighth graders are given an opportunity to experience life from the point of view of Frederick Douglass as they read and discuss an annotated passage from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. Guided by a series of text-dependent questions, class members conduct a close reading of the passage, and consider how Douglass’ use of language creates the emotional impact of the excerpt. The carefully designed packet includes directions for teachers, guiding questions for students, suggested activities, and writing prompts that ask participants to craft an emotional response to the passage.
Frame Narratives: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Is Pi Patel the author of Life of Pi? Did Nathaniel Hawthorne really find the manuscript for The Scarlet Letter in the Customs House? Introduce your readers to the frame narrative with a presentation that details how and why authors employ this story within a story literary device.
A Circular Journey To Imaginative Narrative Writing
How do you end a narrative? Writers determine how imaginative narratives can be written as circular stories, including a logical ending. They listen to stories while completing an activity on the overhead about things that are real and imaginary. Then, they practice writing imaginative narrative using the "Real - Imaginary - Real" format.
Narrative Writing Workshop
Aspiring writers will appreciate the narrative writing planner, the writing process template, and the narrative writing example provided by Inspiration Software. The templates demystify and make visual the steps involved in planning, drafting, and revising a narrative. The templates, detailed procedures, adaptations, and extensions are included.
Structure of Natural Narratives
Class pairs select a prompt from a provided list and tell (and record) their story to their partner. They then examine linguist William Labov's model for natural narratives, and apply his model to their tale. Next, class members watch clips from the film Stream of Life, and again label sections of the narrative, using the provided analysis worksheet. Extensions and adaptions are included.
Inside the Mind of the Unreliable Narrator
Create interdisciplinary connections and promote high-level inferences by studying unreliable narrators.
Elements of Narration
Through this three-day lesson, learners will develop an understanding of several elements of narration such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme. Reading several fiction texts and taking notes using dialectical journaling, your class will make analytical observations, comparisons, and ask textual questions. Using the data collected, they will present their findings in an analysis. Home connections, extensions, and differentiation activities included.
Borrowing Narrative Skills from Mr. Fletcher
Use narrative writing techniques to understand idea development and voice. The class reads Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher, and then practices authentic writing for standardized tests by writing a personal narrative.
Writing a Personal Narrative
What is the difference between a news story and a personal narrative? This plan has learners write a personal narrative using the topic of service projects in their community. Consider completing a cross-curricular extension by bringing in a speaker or sketching scenes to accompany the narrative.
Fictional Narrative With a Twist
Show your young writers first-hand how adding personal experiences to fictional stories can make them more exciting and believable. In groups, your class will take turns adding their summer experiences to a collective fictional story, taking care to maintain fluency of characters and plot (two Common Core standards). Classes of all ages will undoubtedly enjoy what at first may seem like a very juvenile activity. Yet that's the beauty of this activity, its level will adjust to the level of your writers.
Organize and Sequence Events in a Narrative
After reading "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin, ask your class to respond to the text through a fictional narrative. The first in a series based around this assignment, the video starts out by reviewing the steps of the writing process. The narrator then walks the viewer through analyzing the prompt and models how to fill out a basic story map. While a document of the graphic organizer is not included, the format is basic, so class members could simply draw it on a separate piece of paper. Choose between the video and the provided slides when introducing the assignment to your class.
Getting Hooked, Introduction for a Narrative
How can you interest your reader? Here is a great lesson plan on reading and discussing the characteristics of a narrative. Elementary schoolers explore writing techniques to hook the reader. They identify their hook and share their introductions in small groups. Consider having them practice creating hooks with different types of sentences, too (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and explanatory)!
De-Mystifying Poetry: Understanding Narrative Poetry
Tenth graders explore narrative poetry. They analyze sections of a poem and present to groups. They compose their own narrative poems using pictures as prompts. They exchange their poems and analyze their classmate's poem.
Building Original Narratives
Fourth graders act out and write original narratives. In this theater meets writing activity, 4th graders work in groups to create original narratives; after students act out their story, they write it down as a narrative.
Weaving Picture Books into Narrative Writing
Children's picture books are a great resource for identifying and modeling components of narrative writing. Your class uses descriptive language to illuminate and analyze characters. Similarly, they compare and contrast texts, plots, settings, themes and characters. This resource is packed with extension ideas.
Plot, setting, characters, and conflict are common to both drama and narrative stories. Kids create narrated tableaus that show their understanding of the plot, setting, and conflict of a story they've recently read. The lesson involves script writing, acting, and textual analysis.
Narrative Writing: Using Exact Words
Review the narrative writing process with your emerging story writers. They read a sample narrative and identify five vague verbs that could be replaced with a more exact, exciting verb. Then they write a personal narrative making sure to use exact verbs in their story.
You Can't Tell it All!: Narrowing the Focus of Personal Narratives
Work on narrative skills by discovering how to be focused in writing. Upper graders will brainstorm the importance of focus in texts. They study transparencies of a narrative story from a 4th grade student. Then they study the focus of the writing. They will also select an event to write about as a class and write paragraphs for the events to share in groups.
Personal Narrative Writing Prompts and Writing in First Person
Part of the Read 180 curriculum for English language learners, this plan prompts writers to sharpen their skills. They select one of four listed personal narrative writing prompts to complete and respond to six questions that require them to review how to write with a first person point of view.