Essential Lessons to Accelerate Student Writing
NOTE NARRATIVE NON-NEGOTIABLES
Target essential skills
Plan narrative-writing experiences.
Narrative writing has a place in the ELA standards and in the real world.
Define the shape of stories
Clarify story versus description.
Introduce Setup, Mix-up, Fix-up and provide writing templates for primary students.
Identify the planning tool your students are most familiar with.
Start with the middle
Plan the character’s problem and solution.
Plan the beginning last
Orient the reader with a beginning.
Provide only the most essential character and setting details.
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Generate narrative-writing tasks
Move beyond personal narratives.
Expose students to four types of narrative-writing tasks that are all rooted in reading.
Comprehend the original text.
Continue the story following a similar plot.
Rewrite the same basic plot.
Rewrite the story from a different perspective.
Experiment with less common narratives.
Insert a missing part or page.
Write fiction based on fact.