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Discuss point of view when a novel has multiple narrators. Using the first section of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, learners analyze the characters of June Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-Ying St. Clair. They write about one character's strengths and weaknesses that they can see so far, and analyze how the novel is improved by using more than one narrator. For homework, they read the next two chapters and think about each character's motivations in the story.
Use "The Tell-Tale Heart" to approach point of view and the impact of a narrator. Pupils find specific textual examples of the narrator's derangement and form a personality before discussing a passage to determine some plot points. Class members then consider what the story would be like with a different narrator and write about which narrator they think would be most effective. The page numbers listed are for Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe; the stories can be found in other collections and locations.
Examine Buck and the point of view of the narrator in Jack London's The Call of the Wild. Start off with small group discussion. The plan provides three passages for group members to analyze. Next, ask individuals to flip the relationship between main character and narrator and narrate stories from their own lives, but from the point of view of a pet or other animal.
Take a close look at point of view by considering the narrator in Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. Class members discuss her choice of narrator and the literary style of the book before responding to one of two writing prompts in essay format. Tip: Consider making your own worksheet out of the included discussion questions. That way, pupils can use their notes to engage more fully in the discussion.
Create interdisciplinary connections and promote high-level inferences by studying unreliable narrators.
How can you interest your reader? Here is a great lesson 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)!
Ever wish you had a packet that would support your learners as they prepare to write a narrative text? This comprehensive and well-scaffolded packet provides multiple support ideas for engaging learners in the narrative writing process. It includes ideas to write about, a five-day breakdown of the writing process, an editorial checklist, and two worksheets. The worksheets focus on using details to support a main idea and organizing a story by outlining the beginning, middle, and end. Just print it and use it!
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas. Students may check some of their answers online.
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.
Seventh graders create an original narrative story in a diary or journal format involving a fictional character with conflict, plot, resolution and falling action within the story line. They follow the steps of the writing process with editing and organization, and they produce a copy of it on Microsoft Publisher.
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts lesson. After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, they create a viewfinder using an empty toilet paper roll to make a storyboard for their narrative movie script. They work through a writing process to write their narrative. A rubric includes ways for them to focus on precise language and story organization.
Narrative writing lessons can inspire students to write about and share their experiences.
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 12 short answer and essay questions about Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
Students add details to their narratives. For this narrative writing lesson, students look at a simple four sentence narrative and add adjectives and adverbs to make it more descriptive. They do this activity whole class, in partners and then independently.
Good thing, bad thing; a fun technique for building suspense in a narrative.
Students complete worksheets where they identify adverbs and then use adverbs in narratives. For this adverbs lesson plan, students make an adverb word web and add those adverbs into their own narratives.
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.
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.
Learners consider a variety of narrative stances by analyzing Edgar Allan Poe and Ambrose Pierce's utilization of narration variations. In this narration variation lesson, students define the term 'unreliable narrator' and given text supported examples. Learners cite examples of different points of view from Poe and Bierce text examples. Students contrast the points of view in narrative text and retell a story using a different narrative stance.
Young scholars research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former African slaves in the U.S. -- both before and after emancipation.