Have you been wondering how to teach fiction narrative writing? Or more specifically, how to teach 2nd grade fictional narrative writing? Well, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. I’m going to share all about my 2nd grade fictional narratives writing unit!
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS 2ND GRADE fictionaL NARRATIVES WRITING UNIT?
First up, you’re provided with everything you need to organize your lesson planning –
- List of common core standards that align with the unit
- Suggestions for differentiation
- Suggested lesson times (no matter how long your writing block is)
- Unit scope and at-a-glance calendar
- Lesson materials list (so you know exactly what is needed for each lesson at a glance)
- Video overview to help organize and implement the unit
- Hyperlinked table of contents (so you can jump straight to the pages you need)!
Fictional NARRATIVE 2ND GRADE LESSON PLANS
Next, there are 25 step-by-step lesson plans. These one page scripted plans are easy to grab and teach!
This is NOT one of those big box curriculums where you have to sift through 10 pages of background teacher information for each lesson or read from the most BORING script. I hear so many teachers say that those curriculums are “Not teacher friendly, wordy and annoying to follow. SO many pages to read for just one lesson!“
Conversely, the lessons in this unit follow a simple format of mini lesson, think and share, and independent writing time. There’s a short script and differentiation is included for the writing tasks. You can stop spending hours of your precious time on evenings and weekends writing lesson plans from scratch or reading those awful ones I mentioned earlier!
Fictional NARRATIVE WRITING POSTERS
When teaching writing, posters/anchor charts can really come in handy. This unit includes 20 ficitonal narrative writing posters. You can refer to the posters as you teach or revise certain concepts. There are definitions, explanations, and examples for everything covered in the unit!
There are so many topics covered. For example, you’ll find problem and solution anchor charts, as well as characters and setting anchor charts.
Narrative MENTOR TEXTS
You’re busy, right? I bet the last thing you want to do is source mentor texts. Whether you hit up Amazon or your school library, either way it takes time and/or money.
Well, this writing unit includes six original mentor texts! They are engaging and help show students a fictional narrative example. They’ll see what their writing needs to be like!
The mentor texts align well with the lessons (for example, a mentor text about a talking animal is read during a lesson where students write about a talking animal).
Every mentor text has examples of the concepts and features of a narrative that are taught in this unit (for example, all the mentor texts have characters, problems, solutions etc).
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NARRATIVE WRITING PROMPTS, GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS, AND WORKSHEETS
Once you’re finished the mini lesson, it’s time for students to write! This unit includes –
- 17 personal narrative graphic organizers / worksheets
- 1 writing prompt pre-assessment
- 8 lined pages (for first drafts and crafts)
- 2 checklists
I hear many teachers say that the big box curriculum that they are provided with is so boring for students. That’s why I made sure that this unit has ENGAGING student activities!
These worksheets have been designed to cater to a range of students. Some of the activities have lines for writing and they are offered in both dotted and plain lines.
However, the rest of the printables are graphic organizers and have boxes for students to share their answers. You may have some students working well below their grade level. In this case, they can draw pictures and write words/short sentences for their responses (without the stigma of needing a different printable). Students working at or above grade level can write lengthy answers to fill the boxes.
The boxes allow students to share their answers easily, no matter the size of their handwriting!
I hear many teachers complain that the curriculum they’re given is “too open ended and vague” and “too difficult for the kids”
Or worse, that “it never covered the basics, not enough solid instruction. It expects students to just sit and write for long stretches”
In this unit, students are NOT told to just ‘go off and write’ as if that will magically make them good writers! In this unit, each concept is explicitly taught and students learn all about the structure and features of a fictional narrative. They use the printables to work on what they have learned.
This unit includes two narrative interactive notebooks because hands-on learning is the way to go! Students brainstorm narrative ideas and write about what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of a story.
Teaching writing isn’t just about assigning a writing task and letting students write. It’s so important for students to edit and revise their work. In this unit, there are two narrative editing checklists provided. Students proof their work and the checklists help them to look for spelling errors and ensure their writing has components like a problem and solution!
Your students need to store their work somewhere, right?! Well this unit includes boy and girl cover options. There’s a writing journal, notebook, and folder option.
NARRATIVE WRITING CRAFT
Just writing on lined paper is so BORING. That’s why this unit includes a crafty element where students get to color in and draw on some binoculars as a craft topper. This makes a cute display on a bulletin board, allows students to be creative, and makes their work more wow worthy for the publishing party/sharing with parents.
Time to celebrate! After creating the craft and final writing piece, students get to share their work with their peers. This unit includes certificates and compliment notes!
There’s always a few high flyers who finish early. Instead of having them read a book or whatever, why not make sure that they are still learning and practicing their writing skills?
In this unit, there are 24 task cards where students can write in response to a fictional narrative writing prompt.
WRITING ASSESSMENT RUBRIC
It’s important to assess your students’ writing and that’s why an assessment rubric is included in this unit.
But there’s nothing worse than grading on a rubric that you can’t make sense of. So, I made sure to include examples and elaborations to help you understand the rubric. There’s even a video!
options, options, options!
This unit has been designed to make your life easier. Each part of this unit is designed to suit your needs, whether you’re time poor, have limited printing, or just looking for options.
- Everything that comes in color (such as posters, task cards, certificates, and mentor texts), also comes in black and white.
- The workbook covers and certificates come in boy and girl versions.
- There are a variety of options. For example, the mentor texts come in PDF and PowerPoint versions. The lined worksheets come in dotted and plain line versions.
- You can save on printing and go digital. The PDFs can be shown on a smart board, so you don’t have to print things if you don’t want to. You can just show the posters, task cards, and mentor texts etc.
- The lengthier PDFs all have tables of contents that have hyperlinks so that you can jump straight to the pages you need.
- There’s simplicity AND extra detail. You can keep things simple by just printing a one page lesson plan or the rubric and just teach! OR you can watch videos and read detailed instructions and examples to learn how to use the unit components. The choice is yours.
WHAT LESSONS ARE TAUGHT IN THE UNIT?
Here’s a look at the lessons:
- What is a fictional narrative?
- What can I write about?
- What is the structure of a narrative?
- Creating characters
- Describing a setting
- Writing a problem
- Creating a solution
- Point of view
- Three sentence story
- Actions, thoughts, and feelings
- Stretching sentences
- Show, don’t tell
- Linking words
- Start with a hook
- The beginning
- Writing a paragraph
- The ending
- The brainstorm
- Planning a narrative
- The first draft
- Time to revise
- Time to edit
- The final draft part 1
- The final draft part 2
- Publishing party
ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO TEACH WRITING? DO YOUR STUDENTS HATE WRITING LESSONS?
Does your school not provide you with a writing curriculum? Or worse, is it awful?
What if there was a way for your writing lessons to be engaging for students and enjoyable for you to teach?
Are you wondering how do you teach students about narratives? Or how do you write a fiction story for second grade? Check out unit 4 of Terrific Writing today! Click here to grab it on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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