Ch 7: Narrative Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3A-E

About This Chapter

Use this chapter's fun video lessons to help your class meet the 7th grade Common Core standard on narrative writing. See how you can assess your students' grasp of the standard and get creative suggestions using our lessons with your teaching plans.

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.

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