Over the last number of weeks, the grade 7 students have been preparing to write their final narrative in Language Arts. The process has been a little different this time, as each element of the story arc has been really broken down and developed.
We started by creating story arcs for our narratives (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution). Then, we looked at various short stories as mentor texts to focus in on leads, point of view, setting, figurative language, transitions and endings. Students have even already written their leads and endings, so all that’s left to do is fill in the middle!
We will be spending the next week working on this in class, starting with the rough draft. Students will have 4 class periods (Dec 7, 8, 9 and 13) to finish up their rough draft. We will then spend 2 classes editing and peer-editing (Dec. 14 and 15), culminating with our publishing party on December 16!
These narratives can be anywhere between 2 – 5 pages long, and must include these elements, as outlined on the rubric:
- A strong lead
- A problem that builds though multiple examples
- A clear climax
- Multiple details that then lead to the resolution
- A strong ending
- Strong vocabulary
- Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation
Here is a quick 2 page example of what the narratives can look like.
We will also be using this student checklist to ensure we’re included everything, and will use the list below to check our work before submitting.
I can’t wait to read the final products!