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                                 Narrative Writing
    Writing Cat  
     
     
    First Grade Common Core State Standard:
     1.W.3: Students write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
     
    This type of writing can be an imaginative (creative), fictional “story” writing or a personal narrative where the student retells an event that happened to them.

    Narrative writing DOES NOT follow the informative/explanatory or opinion writing format. There is no topic sentence, star ideas, conclusion, or transition word(s).

    Our goal: First graders should write a minimum of 5 sentence fictional story or personal narrative by the end of the year.

    Trimester 1: We have started with fictional narrative or creative story telling. This type of writing should include a character(s) (person(s) or animal(s) in the story), a setting (where/when did the story happen), a problem (typically the characters have a problem), and a solution (the ending where the problem is resolved).

    Trimester 2: We will continue working on fictional narrative or creative story telling. We will be adding adjectives and more complex sentence structure to make the writing more interesting and descriptive.

    Trimester 3: We will introduce personal narrative where students retell events that have happened to them. Students will begin to understand the difference between the three types of writing (opinion writing, informative/explanatory writing and narrative writing).

     
     
    Helpful Information for Fictional (Creative) Story Writing:
     Begin with a Story Starter:
    Once upon a time ..........
    Long ago ..........
    Once .........
    One day ..........
    (*The first 1 or 2 sentences should introduce the character(s) and setting to the reader.)

     

    Use a few (2) story transitions to move the story along as needed.

    That night . . .
    Then . . . At last . . .
    The next day . . .
    After that . . .
    Meanwhile . . .
    Suddenly . . .
    Some time later . ..

    *SUGGESTION: Go back and give the story a title AFTER you have finished writing.