Looking to teach fiction narrative writing to your grade 3 students? Terrific Writing is a comprehensive writing curriculum for Third Grade. This is Unit 4 ‘Fictional Narratives’, where your students will learn how to write engaging and imaginative stories.
This curriculum is standards based (to the common core) and genre based.
Read the blog post for this unit here.
Are you struggling to teach writing? Do your students hate writing lessons?
Teaching writing can be so tricky, I get it!
Well don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
In this curriculum, your students will develop a love of writing. The graphic organizers, interactive notebooks, and final craft will engage students much more than a blank piece of paper. Also, the final writing piece asks students to write about an unexpected event! They will enjoy being able to choose what event to write about and aren’t forced into a narrow writing prompt.
Writing doesn’t have to be dull and students definitely shouldn’t hate writing!
This 5 week unit has EVERYTHING you need, because let’s be honest, teachers are time poor.
So, let’s get your evenings and weekends back, my friend! So, take a break from lesson planning and searching for engaging materials. It’s all right here.
- 25 step-by-step scripted lesson plans
- 25 posters
- 19 graphic organizers / worksheets
- 2 interactive notebooks and 1 writing craft
- 3 original mentor texts (PowerPoint versions and PDF in color and b&w)
- 24 tasks cards extension activities (2 versions – b&w, color)
- 1 assessment rubric
The lessons follow a simple format of mini lesson, think and share, and independent writing time.
- Firstly, there is a video overview to help organize and implement the unit.
- Secondly, there’s a list of common core standards that align with this unit.
- Thirdly, there’s teacher directions for the lesson plans.
- Also, there’s suggestions for differentiation and lesson times.
- After that, there’s a list of recommended mentor texts (with links).
- Also, there’s a unit scope and at-a-glance calendar.
- And there’s a lesson materials list.
- Student book/folder cover (3 versions – journal, notebook, or folder)
- 1 writing prompt pre-assessment
- 4 lined pages (for first drafts and crafts)
- 2 checklists
- 1 set of compliment notes (2 versions – b&w, color)
- 1 certificate (2 versions – b&w, color)
- Teacher directions, examples, and elaborations for the rubric
- Video with tips for using the rubric
This 3rd grade fictional narratives writing unit includes 25 lessons.
First, lessons 1-5:
- What is a fictional narrative?
- What can I write about?
- What is the structure of a narrative?
- Narratives need characters
- Narratives need a setting
- Narratives need a problem
- Narratives need a solution
- What is a story arc?
- Adding suspense
- Point of view
- What will my narrative be about?
- Let’s plan a narrative
- Start with a hook
- Writing an introduction
- Show, don’t tell
Next, lessons 16-20
- Better vocab
- Stretching sentences
- Using dialogue
- Powerful paragraphs
- Linking words
Finally, lessons 21-25
- Writing an ending
- Putting it all together
- Revise and edit
- Final draft and illustrations
- Publishing party