This English unit addresses the narrative text type; specifically, how to write an engaging narrative text.
It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.
The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.
An independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Narrative Text Structure – PowerPoint
- Narrative Sentence Starter Cards
- Narrative Writing Planning Template
- Goals – Writing (Upper Elementary)
- Identifying Descriptive and Figurative Language – Worksheets
- Narrative Text Type Poster With Annotations
- Developing Narrative Features PowerPoint – Grade 5 and Grade 6
- Five Senses Graphic Organizer
- Seven Sensational Story Starters PowerPoint
- Narrative Writing Checklist – Structure, Language and Features
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 5
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 6
- 5 Narrative Writing Prompt Stimulus Sheets
- Assessment Rubric – Narrative Writing
- To introduce the purpose and genres of narrative texts.
- To identify and explore the structure of narrative texts.
- To identify and explore the language features of narrative texts.
- To use descriptive language effectively to create a narrative setting.
- To use descriptive language effectively to build a character.
- To develop a plot for a narrative which includes a setting, characters and a problem to be solved.
- To investigate exciting, attention-grabbing methods of starting a story.
- To write a narrative, in pairs, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
- To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
- To independently write a narrative, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
Preparing for Learning
Prior to commencing the unit, develop a narrative writing wall in the classroom. Display texts, word wall vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning throughout the unit. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Narrative Writing collection on the Teach Starter website.
Expose the students to a variety of narrative texts before and during the unit. Read and view picture books, traditional tales, short stories and children’s novels. Provide the students with opportunities to read and respond to short narrative texts. For examples of narrative comprehension teaching resources, browse the Comprehension Texts category on the Teach Starter website.
Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and inc...
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to an...
Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.