Organize Ideas Chronologically for a Narrative

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First things first. Before writing a personal narrative, young authors must plan out a sequence of events to include in the story. Learners accomplish this by imagining their topic as a movie playing in their mind's eye, moving step-by-step through the important events. These ideas are then recorded chronologically in a list that will guide students as they write drafts of their narratives.

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CCSS: Designed
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Pros

  • Clearly models the thought process involved in outlining the key events of a personal narrative
  • Content is adaptable to Common Core writing standards across the upper-elementary grade levels
Cons

  • To support all learners with planning their personal narratives, the teacher needs to provide a graphic organizer for recording their ideas in chronological order
Common Core