Fictional Narrative With a Twist Lesson Plan
- Chart paper
- Different colored markers
Lesson Duration: 1-2 Days
Subjects: Writing, Speaking and Listening
Common Core State Standards
• W.3, W.4
• L.1 , L.2, L.3
Speaking and Listening
• SL.4 , SL.6
How do writers engage their readers by sharing personal experiences?
What is a fictional narrative and how can it be used to engage the reader?
• Students will share personal experiences through writing
• Students will embed personal experiences of those around them to create an organized, fictional narrative writing piece
• Students will share their final writing pieces
• Chart paper
• Different colored markers
You will need groups of about three to four students per group. You will need one piece of chart paper for each group of students.
Lesson: Your students will enjoy this new twist on the “tell me about your summer” narrative writing assignment! Working together, your students will combine their most memorable summer moments to write fictional narratives that take on a life of their own!
Have students organize their thoughts and ideas by completing pre-writing activities of your choice. Students should compile one to two memorable summer moments that they could choose from to include in this writing activity.
Each group decides on a main character and a few other details for the fictional narrative. Students label their chart paper as such:
- Fictional Narrative
- Main Character:
- Age of Main Character:
- Two to Three supporting characters
Using the character that was decided upon by the group, students write an opening paragraph including one of the group member’s memorable summer moments. Memorable moments of the other group members will not be used as of yet. When all groups have written an opening paragraph that includes one memorable moment from someone in their group, all groups will switch stories (enter the twist)! Each group reads what the previous group wrote and a new member of the group includes their memorable summer moment into the fictional narrative. Each group should begin a new paragraph, adding transitional sentences where needed. You may wish to have each group use a different color to make it easier to track who wrote what.
- Groups must use the main and supporting characters identified at the top of each story.
- Groups must maintain sentence fluency, and organization and sequential flow of each story as it rotates through the groups.
- Groups must read what previous groups wrote to ensure seamless transitions and flow in incorporating their new ideas.
Continue to switch until all groups have had a chance to add to each story and when all group members have had a chance to include at least one memorable moment from their summer!
Return stories to the original authors. Groups will have a great time reading how the stories grew as they went through each group. Lastly, the original authors should compile a closing paragraph for their fictional narrative.
Wrap It Up
Groups will enjoy reading the stories out loud to all! Students may also enjoy adding drawings/cartoons to their chart paper to illustrate certain main events.
Editing practice: Use these stories to have groups work on their editing skills! No doubt with all of the traveling, the narrative, though interesting, will have a few “issues”. Have groups work to edit the story suggesting better transitions and additions to paragraphs now that the narrative’s organization is in place.
Students may also wish to identify which memorable summer moment belongs to them.
Display the stories!
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