Narrative Writing

    FirstGrade Common Core State Standard:

    1.W.3: Students write narratives in which they're count 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.

    A narrative is where the student retells a familiar event in sequenced order. (Note it can be imagined or real). It is different from informative writing which recalls facts about a specific topic. It is often told in the first person, using “I”.

    This type of writing CAN but DOES NOT HAVE TO follow the informative or opinion writing format you have previously seen (Step Up to Writing), with a topic sentence, star ideas, conclusion, and transition words.It will be more creative if it does not.

    Our goal: First graders should write a 3-5 sentence narrative by the end of the year.


    Trimester3:We will introduce narrative writing where we retell events (real or imagined),in an appropriate order. We will understand the difference between this type of writing and informative or opinion writing.

    Helpful information for narrative writing:


    Good Questions to ask your child: 

    ·        Tell me about                 

    ·        What event happened first, next, etc?

    ·        When did you do this?

    ·        Can you organize your thoughts using sequencing?(Flow Map or sticky notes)

    ·        What words will you use to signal another event?(Temporal words)

    ·        When did the events happen?

    Begin with a Starter:  Let me tell you about a time when  . . . Once, I . . . One day, I . . . Can I tell you about when I had to . . .?  My name is                 and I . . . (The first sentence should introduce the event the student is retelling.)

    Use a few temporal words to show the event order as needed. After that . . .Meanwhile . . . Some time later . . . Then . . . At last . . . The next day . .. That night . . . Finally . . . In the end . . .

    Parents - Remember this is beginning narrative writing. 3 - 5 sentences are a good start. This is an opportunity for students to use vivid description and detail to make their retelling of the event more interesting.