About This Chapter
Standard: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3)
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.a)
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.b)
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.c)
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.d)
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.e)
About This Chapter
Students who develop a solid understanding of this standard will be able to recognize examples and characteristics of narrative essays. They'll also know how to incorporate several techniques to create their own clear, engaging narratives. After studying this chapter's video lessons, your students should be able to do the following:
- Understand the elemebts of a narrative essay
- Use narrative techniques to strengthen writing
- Include smooth transitions in their writing
- Incorporate description and sensory language in narratives
- Write good conclusions that contain reflection
As you take the class through these topics, you'll be able to tell that your 7th graders grasp this standard when their narrative writing shows thoughtful organization, follows a logical sequence, contains descriptive details to develop the story and incorporates reflection. Being able to recognize and utilize the elements of good writing are skills that students will rely on throughout their education.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Take a look at the following ideas to see how you could use the chapter's lessons with your teaching plans to meet these ELA Common Core standards.
Organize Narrative Writing
Watch and discuss the video lessons on narrative essay characteristics, narrative techniques and transitions. Provide an example narrative essay to the students. This sample should feature out-of-order paragraphs that the students work to put in a logical sequence. Go over the correct structure and organization of the essay as a class.
Create Descriptive Details
Have students watch the video lessons on narrative techniques and using descriptive details as part of their homework assignments. The next day, discuss the lessons as a class and go over examples of descriptive phrases, sensory details and figurative language. Provide students with a bare-bones narrative passage lacking description and ask them to rewrite the text by adding their own sensory language.
Write a Narrative Essay
After your class has reviewed the chapter's video lessons and taken the corresponding quizzes, have each student write down an idea for a narrative essay topic. Collect the prompts and redistribute them to the class so that each student has a classmate's idea. Have the students develop and turn in a narrative essay based on the provided prompt.
1. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics
Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.
2. Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Pacing, Description & Reflection
Here is a toolkit of techniques to engage your audience and keep them reading, including dialogue, pacing, description and reflection. Try some of these in your next narrative essay!
3. How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing
When you write just about any kind of paper, whether it's story writing or essay writing, use transitions to help your reader make connections and move easily through your paper. Here are some specific ways to use transitions.
4. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing
When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.
5. Concluding Your Narrative with Reflection
Sometimes, after telling a story in our narrative essays, we need a little something more in the conclusion to help the reader understand our meaning. Personal reflections do this.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Writing: Standards course
- Argumentative Writing Introduction: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1A
- Reasoning & Evidence for Arguments: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1B
- Phrases & Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1C
- Writing Style: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1D
- Supporting Conclusions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1E
- Informative & Explanatory Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2A-F
- Production & Distribution of Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4-6
- Research to Build & Present Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.7-8
- Text Analysis: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.9
- Range of Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10