Sunday, March 22, 2015

Writing Mini Lesson #16- Writing an Introduction for a Narrative Essay

Now that your students are familiar with how to craft a plot for Narrative writing, let's start writing!  Woo Woo!  I explain to my cherubs that all of the characters do not have to be introduced right away. However, I encourage students to introduce at least the main character in the introduction.  In the body of the paper, students can bring in more characters.  They will also be working on character traits, etc.  Upper elementary students have a habit of wanting to tell a whole story leading up to the story.  I tell them the best way to avoid that is to start off the story with the problem so their story can be developed from there.  Think of CSI.  The crime is presented at the beginning of the show.  Then the story unfolds.  This is the same with narrative writing.  In the introduction, the characters, setting, and basic plot including the problem should be included.  This gives the rest of the essay to expound upon the characters, setting, and plot.  If you don't have the following posters, simply draw a 3 car coaster and talk about the importance of including these 3 items in the introduction.



Then we discuss our class paper that we are writing together.  We decided that the person narrating, would be the class, but since we are writing in a one person point of view, we are saying, "Me."  Telling the reason for using the characters, setting, and plot gives the students a deeper understanding on how the story is being developed.


 I tell the students to glue down the top edge of the roller coaster square to create a flap.  Then, paste the chart under the flap.  I always encourage them to write first!  Then they may color, cut, and paste.




For the setting, use the mentor text, Working Cotton by Sherley Anne Williams.  I choose a student(s) to draw the setting on large paper on the board and we chime into things to add.  Together, we write a vivid description.  Last, they get together with their partners to create their own introductions.  





Once finished with these lessons, pull out the whole group graphic organizer and create the introduction together. (See below for example)  Then students do the same for their own story.  If there is time, it is always good to have them share introductions with another peer or peer group.  This assures that you are on track.


I hope you are confident in writing a superb introduction!  The next lesson #17 will be on the BODY of the paper!  Stay tuned!

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