Orient the Reader by Establishing a Situation and a Point of View

Good writers are a lot like fishermen: they know how to hook their readers. The second lesson of this series teaches learners how to grab the attention of their audience while introducing characters and establishing a context. Take time for students to develop their own ideas for starting their writing before listening to those presented in the video. A great conclusion for the planning stage of the writing process, as you prepare children to begin writing a draft of their narrative response in the following lesson.

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CCSS: Designed
Classroom Considerations

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Pros

  • Offers multiple approaches for beginning a piece of narrative writing
  • Includes a reading passage from The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  • Provides a prompt for writing a narrative response to literature
  • Content is adaptable to Common Core writing standards across the upper-elementary grade levels
Cons

  • Requires the teacher to create a graphic organizer for planning a sequence of narrative responses to literature
  • A rubric is required to to provide clear expectations for student writing
Common Core