What Happened Next? (Grades K-4)

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Explore the structure of narrative writing with this fun, collaborative lesson. Start by reading aloud a short story, asking small groups of learners to fill in key events on a large story board prepared on the class whiteboard. Introduce transitional words and phrases that can be used to connect each event and describe the order they occurred. Finally, young writers create individual story boards in response to a creative writing prompt, serving as their guide for writing short narratives. This lesson may be stretched out over multiple days, depending on how much time you want to spend on student writing

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Provides a printable story board that helps students organize a sequence of events for their narrative writing
  • Includes an activity for extending learning about sequencing events
Cons

  • Teacher must find a short story with a clear sequence of events to read to the class