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A Chapter Book-inspired Narrative Writing Lesson

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Episodic Narrative Writing

developing a series of episodes that build on a theme

This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Kim Polson and then presented at an AT&T-sponsored in-service class for teachers.

The mentor text:

Pictures of Hollis Woods is a beautifully crafted story about a girl finding a family. It presents a unique structure that students can impersonate as they create personal narratives.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Students will plan a thematically-based story that can be told in a series of related or unrelated episodes.  Each written episode's goal will be to add another perspective or thinking-point about the writer's chosen theme.  When several episodes are written, the writer will sequence them together as one story (told in multiple episodes) about their theme, and they will have a piece of episodic writing for their portfolios. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; the writer's biggest goals are a) to use strong and memorable details in each episode and b) center the writing around a pre-determined theme.  The support trait in this assignment is organization; this is a writing assignment based thoroughly on a structure that will be talked about before students write, and thinking about structure before writing always leads to better organizational skills.

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