Friday, August 12, 2011

Narrative Format

In Nebraska, the 4th grade writing assessment is narrative.  I have as yet to find a 'program' that addresses the needs of my students.  So in my years of teaching I've come upon the following format, which lucky for me, Really Good Stuff now has posters that I use for the majority of teaching. 

I start the year out by reading narratives...being sure to point out that narratives are in first person.  We make anchor charts of such characteristics...AND in Nebraska, using dialogue is a biggy along with 'bold beginnings'.

Books I read at the beginning of the year:
Enemy Pie
Fireflies
Red Light, Green Light
Many Cynthia Rylant books...
and there are more, but I'm at home and my books are at school.

Hope this post is helpful.

5 comments:

  1. We here in Southern Louisiana also have to teach narrative to our 4th graders for testing. Our grade level is focusing on Chris Paul who is a NBA player here in our city. He wrote a book about his personal experiences. We are building upon the read aloud to create an anchor chart on the components of a narrative to eventually have the students write one of their own. I also found on Time for Kids if you search Personal Narrative they have a great example of a narrative to use to analyze the components with the students.

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  2. Do you have a SMARTBoard? I have SMART Notebook docs that I created using the Bold Beginnings and Exciting Endings posters as my guide. Let me know. I'd be happy to share them with you!

    Jennifer
    Lifelong Learning

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    1. I am interested in theses SMART Notebook docs as well. My email is afriend@lburg.k12.in.us, if you are still willing to share these items. Thank you very much:)

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  3. Jennifer,
    Would LOVE the posters for smartboard. If they're not too larger my email is
    patbaker67@gmail.com

    AND thanks

    Mrs. Shepherd...Thanks for the suggestion on Time for Kids. I will look into it today.

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  4. I teach 4th grade writing in Texas. I've used The Writing Academy (twa.net) for the past 3 years, and it's amazing. The kids love it, and their writing has improved immensely!

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