Day 1 - Effective Technique
1. Introduce narrative writing to the students. Explain that they will be composing a mystery and the grammar skills that they will be incorporating into the writing. Explain how strong adjectives and adverbs can add depth to narratives. Go over different techniques that writers use to construct narratives. Provide two examples of narrative writing. You will need one that successfully uses adjectives, adverbs, and narrative techniques and one that does not.
2. Allow students to compare and contrast the two writing pieces. A Venn Diagram is an excellent way to do this! Don’t get bogged down with labeling yet. Allow students to use their inquiry and investigation skills to fill out the Venn Diagram. Consider the Interactive Venn diagram available at http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/venn_diagrams/
Day 2: Relevant Descriptive Details
3. Introduce/Review adjectives. Tell what they are, how they can be found in sentences, what they modify, etc. Students should take notes during this part of the lesson. Provide examples of glowing adjectives, and advise students to stay away from dull ones. Use a T-Chart and complete this activity as a class. Allow students to call out dull and glowing adjectives. Discuss how dull adjectives affect writing.
4. Now, put the students in groups of 2 or 3. Give them the sample writing piece with dull adjectives. Allow them to make changes to the narrative. Discuss the changes. Again, reiterate why good writers incorporate glowing adjectives when they write.
Day 3: Relevant Descriptive Details
5. Finish yesterday’s lesson if you didn’t have time.
6. Introduce/Review adverbs. Tell what they are, how they can be found in sentences, what they modify, etc. Students should take notes during this part of the lesson. Explain how adverbs can be misused and overused. Give students a copy of "Kathy's Foul Mood". See attached. Go over this sheet with the students.
7. Give the students a narrative with adverbs and adjectives. I've attached a link that you can use. See this attachment.
8. Emphasize how adjectives and adverbs bolster the writing.
9. Give students a list of narrative topics. Tell them to choose a topic where they can broadcast their usage of adjectives and adverbs. Allow them to ponder overnight. They should come in tomorrow with their chosen topic.
Day 4: Relevant Descriptive Details and Plot Structure
10. Review adjectives and adverbs. Students should have a topic today. Tell them to give their narrative a title. The title must have an adjective and an adverb. Ask them to tell you what the adverb is modifying in the title and why they chose that particular combination.
11. Give the students the rubric for this narrative so they will know exactly what you will be grading. Go over the rubric with the students. Go over plot structure with the students (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution). Also, discuss the different types of conflict. I have attached a PowerPoint that you may use. See the attachments.
Day 5: Pre-Writing
12. Students should complete the pre-writing diagram today. See the attachments.
13. Be sure to explain each step. They should finish the diagram for homework.
Day 6: The First Draft
14. Allow students to begin the first draft today. They should skip lines when writing, and they must successfully incorporate 10 glowing adjectives and 5 adverbs in the first draft. They should place a circle around each adjective and a square around each adverb. Remind them to follow their pre-writing diagram as it is their guide to writing. The first draft should be finished tonight for homework.
Day 7: Revising and Editing Day
15. Give students the revising and editing task sheet. Students should complete the left side of the task sheet themselves. The right side of the sheet should be completed by their writing partner.
16. Allow students to come and see you at the conferencing area when the checklist is finished. Let them explain to you how each part of the checklist is satisfied. They should point out their adjectives and adverbs and tell you how they are used in the sentences.
Day 8: Revising and Editing Day 2
17. Continue to conference with students as they complete the revising and editing task sheet. When they are finished, give them a reinforcement activity or worksheet on adjectives and adverbs.
Day 9: Final Draft
18. Students should compose their final drafts today. This should be done in the computer lab.