Elementary Narrative Writing

Narrative Writing

Course Overview

This 8-week narrative writing course explores the exciting topic of animal defense mechanisms to teach students how to tell a story that will interest the reader. Students will tap into both their analytical and creative sides as they research information about the wild animal of their choice and then tell a “Wild Animal Tale.”

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Course Components

This narrative course takes students on an animal-filled adventure through the five steps of the writing process: prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing.


Often overlooked as important to the writing process, the more time a writer spends in the prewriting stage, the smoother the rest of the process will go. Your student will start by learning the elements of a narrative. Then, they will choose a wild animal to focus their narrative on. As they research their animal, they will gain valuable skills in note taking and using graphic organizers to prepare for the actual drafting of the narrative.


Now that their research is complete, students will learn how to use character development maps to fully develop their chosen animals and understand how they affect and are affected by the plot of their narrative. The next planning tool students will explore is a story map, which they will use to identify their story’s plot, setting, problem, and solution.


As students draft the beginning, middle, and endings of their narrative, they will gain valuable skills in a number of key writing areas. They will learn how temporal words and phrases help transition between people and places in a story. They will discover how sensory details make a narrative more engaging. And they will grasp how dialogue moves a story forward.


Once drafting is complete, the next accomplishment in narrative writing is learning how to revise what you’ve written. Students will pay close attention to the words and sentences they’ve created to see if precise verbs, internal dialogue, and word choice might improve their finished product.


Although it gets a bad rap as the “least enjoyable” aspect of writing, the ability to find one’s own errors and omissions is every bit as key as the writing itself. Students will get tips on how to spot these issues and how to correct them.