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Narrative Accounts Unit Plan

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Narrative Accounts Unit Plan


Texts Used:

Paper Bag Princess--Robert Munsch

Frog Prince Continued--Jon Scieszka

Fantastic Mr Fox--Roald Dahl

Eleven--Sandra Cisneros

Two Bad Ants--Chris Van Allsburg

The Wretched Stone--Chris Van Allsburg

Harry Potter series--JK Rowling


1. Elements of Plot

Read Frog Prince Continued

What is plot? Discuss plot chart and five points:

Exposition, Rising Action/Conflict, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution


2. Practice Identifying Plot Elements

Read-Aloud Paper Bag Princess and discuss plot together

Identify elements in independent reading books

Use Aladdin/Lion King worksheet


3. Quiz on Plot

Draw chart. Listen to new story and fill in plot chart.


4. Begin read-aloud of Fantastic Mr. Fox

Keep track of plot

(begin characterization)


5. Take note/discuss/write plot elements of other books and movies


6. Use four square to map out plot ideas for students’ own stories. Storyboard the plot in cartoon form.


7. Use knowledge of plot to make predictions

Predicting Fantastic Mr Fox

Option: foreshadowing in The Westing Game?


8. Write new endings of picture books and independent reading books.


9. Write Draft #1.


10. Descriptive/Vivid language

Read aloud Two Bad Ants without pictures

What things did you hear described? How were they described?


11. Types of vivid language

SNOT, figlang, sensory

Practice rewriting boring scenes or descriptions

Practice describing the same thing in opposite ways


12. Identify vivid language

Read aloud Eleven


13. Character Traits

Re-read aloud Paper Bag Princess

What kind of people/How can we describe the characters?

Actions and Statements reveal personality

Come up with personality traits

Describe and define traits

Choose one or two and write a scenario about a character with that trait


14. Analyze characters from books--Making Inferences

Fantastic Mr Fox


Draw pictures

Harry Potter


15. Revise Draft #1 and Write Draft #2

Include vivid language

Use clear character traits


16. Dialogue

Elements, Rules, Punctuation


Macaroni/Comic Books


17. Practice with Sentence Strips/Dictation game


18. Speaker Tags

Same words, different speaker tags create different story atmosphere


19. Quiz on dialogue


20. Revise Draft #2 and Write Draft #3

More descriptive language

Correct dialogue format

Dialogue with purpose


21. Leads

Different types: action, descriptive, dialogue

Practice identifying

Practice Using


22. Revision

First for peer work, then own work

Questions: Can you easily identify the plot?

Does it make sense? Does it move at an appropriate pace?

Can we ‘see’ the main character?


22. Editing/Proofreading

Spelling and grammar

Discuss run-on sentences and fragments (Use grammar books)

Review commas

Review dialogue rules

Comment and mark peer draft then own draft


23. Revise Draft #3 and write Final Draft (#4)

Include Title page and at least one illustration


Rubric elements to evaluate final drafts:

--Complete, identifiable plot

--Plot pace

--Lead technique

--Descriptive language

--Character Traits

--Dialogue format

--Dialogue with purpose

--Free from run-ons and fragments

--No spelling errors

--Typed and neat

--Title page


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