A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan a narrative using a planning tool and visual stimulus.
Ask the students to sit in a circle with the character profile they created earlier in the unit. Invite the students to introduce their characters to the class. Explain to the students they are now going to plan a story using their character.
Display four narrative prompts from theNarrative Writing Prompts Posters. As a class, brainstorm some words and ideas for each image. Write these on the board around each image.
Using an enlarged copy of the Story Map Template – Lower Primary, model how to plan a story using one of the images and ideas from the previous activity. Shade the characters and setting boxes in blue, the problem box in red and the solution box in green. Explain to the students that these boxes are going to form the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Provide the students with their own copy of the Story Map Template – Lower Primary. Explain to the students that they are now going to plan their very own story, using the character they created earlier in the unit. Remind the students that they need to use one of the four pictures on the board as their writing stimulus.
Before the students begin planning their stories on the template, ask them to shade the characters and setting boxes in blue, the problem box in red and the solution box in green. Encourage the students to refer to the resources located at the classroom writing station if they are struggling to think of ideas during the planning process.
Check on how the students are progressing with their planning. Depending on the time limit set for writing, the students may need another lesson to complete their planning.
Encourage more confident writers to choose their own narrative prompt (one that was not used in the class brainstorm) for their story.
Allow students who find writing challenging to work with a teacher or teacher aide during the planning of their story.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities