Category: Lesson Plan

Teaching Students to Write a Narrative ~ The Hook

Activities for Teaching Students How to Write a Story Hook
 While there are many great ways for students to begin a narrative, many students need to be taught patterns they can follow. With upper elementary students, I like to cover five methods for writing a hook. At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to all materials needed to complete this lesson.

Writing a Narrative Hook 

   Activity #1

As a reference, have students create cards that describe the five methods for writing story hooks. Printables for this activity are included in the pdf file.

 Activity #2

Here are five story hooks for the same story. They illustrate five different methods for beginning the story. Read each one and discuss. Here are some questions you might ask: Continue Reading

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit

The Announcement

I’m excited to announce I am giving away a free book unit. Each Monday over the next 24 weeks; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Unit will be featured in weekly blog posts. Saving each lesson for a novel study is a great option. Since students are so familiar with this well-loved American classic, most chapters can be stand-alone lessons. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was originally published on May 17, 1900, so it is now in public domain. There is no need to purchase a class set of books because the complete text will be added to the unit plans. Continue Reading

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Three Fun Activities to Help Teach Sequencing

Sequencing Organizer

Narratives may use different sequencing techniques to make the story more interesting. Some common sequencing techniques include:

  • Flashbacks fill in details that took place in the past.
  • Foreshadowing are hints as to what is to take place in the future.
  • Students can remember sequence by noting chronological order clue words such as first, next, after, and so on.

Another type of sequencing that appears in nonfiction text is logical order. This uses headings, subheadings, and other text features to guide students through the material. Continue Reading

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