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Old 06-20-2018, 05:11 AM
 
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Here is a page from the NCTE that suggests picture books for narrative: http://www2.ncte.org/blog/2018/02/me...short-stories/

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 Storybird.com. 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.

Last edited by Singvogel; 06-20-2018 at 05:19 AM.. Reason: forgot something
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