2Traci Clausen / DragonfliesInFirst.blogspot.comStep Up to WritingNarrative Writing & Conclusion
The personal narrative has become a huge testing item. The kids need tocompletely understand this is NOT creative writing like a story. These arenon-fiction/true stories and are expository in nature.
All writing must start with a plan. This applies tocreative writing as well. Some sort of a BME(beginning, middle, end) plan works best.Remember to allow for MANY parts in the middle,because that is the most lengthy part of any story.
Who is the main character? Olderstudents should spend a good 10minutes getting to know their story’scharacter. I learned that J.K. Rowlinghad index cards for each of HarryPotter’s characters that contained the buzzwords for traits of thatcharacter (problem solver, smart,courageous, charismatic, etc.). Whata great way to study characters.Think of the limitless ways you couldstudy characters and their traits.
STORY STARTERS &TRANSITONS
Take some time to truly focus onhow stories start. Once upon a timecan get old really fast. (Although it’sa fabulous place to start in K1) Olderstudents need to investigate howinteresting starters can really set the tone for their stories.The transitions are not the same.First, then, next and finally don’talways work in narrative pieces.Students need to be taught that the transitions need to be there, but theyare not always so cut and dry.
B M E
is quick and easy. Students folda paper in 3rds and record the information foreach section. It can be completed using bulleteditems or complete sentences. It can be used as aplan as well as an activity to record these aspectsof stories they’ve read or heard.
These are my favorite.
allow mylittle ones to first get down the pictures in theirheads, Then they create sentences from thoseideas. I think it’s an extremely effective way for them to make a complete