As a whole class, fill out the first three columns of a K-W-L Chart to help students access their prior knowledge and misconceptions about narrative stories. Continue the discussion about narratives by asking leading questions such as why do we read stories and what are the things that happen in a story that make us interested in it. Introduce students to the CFQ's and how we will answer them. Students will be given a sample narrative prompt to write a narrative. Students will use the narrative rubric to evaluate their initial attempts at writing a narrative. Class discussion will facilitate discussion about what is wrong and what is right about the initial stories.
Throughout the unit, students will use a blog through http://www.gaggle.net to respond to guiding questions. Students will also use the blog to reflect about what they are doing during the unit. Students may use the blogs to help self-assess as well as review other blogs to offer peer interaction and assessment.
Students will be provided with examples of short stories. The whole class will read one short story together. As a whole class, fill out Story Map on the Read Write Think website. The Story Map helps students see how a story breaks down into its individual parts. After completing an appropriate amount of these as a whole class, students will work in pairs to read a story and complete the Story Map.
Students will use a PowerPoint template to create a storyboard. Students must know the different parts of a story to complete the storyboard. For each part (setting: when and where, character: main and supporting, and parts of a narrative plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), students will have to choose a picture that represents the idea of the story they have in mind. Students may use clipart, digital pictures, or create their own pictures to complete the project.
Completed PowerPoint presentations will be assigned a number, and each student will draw a number. Students will use the PowerPoint presentation drawn to create a new story. Students will be able to share their narratives. Students will use their blogs to comment on how well they think the stories match up to their storyboards. Students may also use the blogs to reflect on whether or not the storyboard they created matches well with the story that was a true reflection of the story they envisioned - how well does the created story match the storyboard it was created from.
Students will be presented with the original narrative prompt and directed to respond to it a second time. Students will be able to evaluate the original story versus the new story and may choose to reflect about the differences.