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Story Writing Cove

Grade Level: 3 rd Grade Standards

LAFS.3.RL.1.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

LAFS.3.W.2.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

LAFS.3.W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

ESOL Accommodations

  • Clear and concise language for directions

  • Pictures included next to the activity directions

  • Students are encouraged to work in pairs or as a group

  • Symbols included next to key words on the story sort cards


Sailing into stories:

  • Story sort cards

  • Container /bowl

  • Velcro

Fishing for a Character:

  • Fishing game

  • Container/bowl

  • Character trait list

  • Pirate cutout

  • Velcro

Mapping the Adventure:

  • My Story Map

  • Sheet protector

  • Dry erase marker

  • Picture cards

  • Loose leaf paper

  • pencil

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Student Directions

Sailing into Stories:

  • 1. Pick up a card.

  • 2. Read the card carefully.

  • 3. Put the card under the category it belongs.

  • 4. Keep sorting the cards until they are all on the board.

Fishing for a Character:

  • 1. Grab a fishing rod.

  • 2. Use the fishing rod to “fish” up to 6 fishes.

  • 3. Remove the character trait attached to each fish.

  • 4. Put the character traits on the pirate’s face.

  • 5. Think about your character and talk to a partner about him/her.

    • a. Where does your character live?

    • b. What does your character like to do?

    • c. What does your character dislike to do?

Mapping the Adventure:

  • 1. Pick a card.

  • 2. Look at the card closely.

  • 3. Grab a marker and fill out the story map for the picture.

  • 4. When you finish, copy the information onto your own paper.

  • 5. Erase the words on the map.

  • 6. Pick another card and “map” it out.


  • Sailing into Stories sort cards:

Comprehension: Narrative Text Structure. (n.d.). Retrieved April 4, 2017, from

  • Mapping the Adventure picture cards:

Hicks, M. (2013, July 15). Story Cards - 52 Picture Prompts for Storytelling.

Retrieved April 04, 2017, from


  • Fishing for a Character trait list:

List of Character Traits {Free}. (n.d.). Retrieved April 04, 2017, from


  • Mapping the Adventure story map:

N., & E. (2016, August 01). Free Story Map. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from

Tompkins, G. E. (2016). Language Arts: Patterns of Practice. Boston: Pearson

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