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kiddingme 05-30-2018 02:04 PM

teaching imaginative narrative through picture books
Hi everyone.
So, I have been teaching 6th grade math for a while now; however, My team decided that we would each take a specific style of writing and become an expert at it; teaching three blocks over the course of the year. I was assigned to teach Imaginary Narrative; to help with providing more practice towards state testing.
I am very excited to teach this; however, I have never taught this style at a 6th grade level and it's been over 6 years since I taught this to 3rd grade; and everything is different now because of Common Core.

I have some ideas; like teaching story structure through picture books.For example in the begining of school I would focus on Bully theme "Each Kindness" and "The melting pot" .

I really don't want to re-create the wheel. Any thoughts on how I can educate myself; on how I teach this to 6th graders at a common core level and still keep it fun and relatable?

Thank you in Advance,
Michelle :)

Singvogel 06-20-2018 05:11 AM

Here is a page from the NCTE that suggests picture books for narrative:

Having taught sixth grade for 22 years, I would urge you to teach structure as a frame for imagination. As part of narrative, I connect plot structure, including plots maps, to give them a "shape" for their stories.

We also focus on specific author's tricks to get a reader into the story, concrete verb studies, adjective studies, other words for "said, " and, most importantly, LIMIT the NUMBER of EVENTS. Ss often try to squeeze the events of the great American novel into a three or four paragraph story.

My students love the freedom of This site (managed by you with a classroom account) has students choose a picture set, and they have tons to choose from, then write the story that follows from the images. My students will actually choose to write on this site.

Finally, use the "copy-change" idea. This works especially well with mentor texts. We take a piece that is well-written and copy the style while changing the events and words.

kiddingme 06-21-2018 06:43 PM

Thank you so much! I will look into the information you passed on to me!
I really appreciate you taking the time to share.

kiddingme 06-25-2018 10:06 AM

Thank you "singvogel"
I really like the storybird site. I am getting myself familar with that right now.
Great resource. I can tell this will be very helpful.

I am taking the summer to educate myself on the best way to approach this.

The hardest part is that these State tests are so grueling and involved.
I can't ever remember a time in my 22 years of teaching when we did this to students.
I feel like we have been sucking the life out of them.

Anyhow, enough of my soapbox.

Thank you again

Singvogel 06-26-2018 05:31 PM

You're so welcome!
I think you'll really enjoy Storybird, too. I like the way students can be inspired by artists. There is such an amazing variety on the site.

Once you look over the basics, you'll notice that you can assign specific tasks. Storybird also does occasional challenges.

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