CCSS ELA Standard: 5.W.3

  • Narrative Writing: Plot Structure

    Ever read a student's story that was just event after event after event and then a very sudden ending? They lack an understanding of a plot's structure. With the help of Finding Nemo, I break down how to set up a well-structured plot.

  • Narrative Writing: Types of Conflict

    If your students' stories are packed with endless ninja fights or arguments between frenemies, it's time to expose them to a wider range of conflicts.

  • Narrative Writing: Literary Themes

    A typical student narrative includes plot and characters but lacks a larger idea to hold it all together. This is where a lesson on themes comes in…

  • Narrative Writing Introduction: The Big Idea

    We open our unit on narrative writing with a big idea: "structure increases creativity." I show how this is true by bringing in examples from across all disciplines.

  • Narrative Writing: Character Archetypes

    Are students' characters a bit flat? Archetypes give them a strong foundation on which to build their own characters as well as a tool to analyze existing stories.