Thursday, October 11, 2012

Next Stop: Fictional Narrative

I can't believe that a week has come and gone. With the new month, I have started working with my 6th graders on Fictional Narratives. I HAVE decided that I am going to take a couple of months on this genre and REALLY get into the nitty gritty of it. We have been studying the structure of fictional narratives, reading mentor texts, and talking about what we read during the day from a "writer's perspective". It is really fun to hear the kids start to talk about the things they read as a writer!

For my bulletin board, I had  my amazing wife do all the writing for me. I got the purpose (top left corner), the title, and of course... THE ANCHOR CHARTS started and posted.

Because I am taking it slow and covering the concept in depth, I am still working on teaching the lessons that will fill in all the anchor chart spaces, and I am working to do those quickly- but with understanding.

However, we just had a mini-lesson on the framework of a fictional narrative and the students drew the anchor chart in their journals. It took a little while, but I love that they have mini-charts in their notebooks. Shoot! I should have taken a picture of a student notebook. They did such a great job with them! My wife made this poster sized one for my board. I really like how it turned out!

I also love that since I started at the back of the chart book and am moving forward, the anchor chart for Personal Memoirs is still accessible to the students by simply lifting up the paper (as shown below)! I love when I have good ideas (because they don't seem to happen as often as I would like).

As we continue through our journey with Fictional Narratives, I will continue to share what we do so you can enjoy the journey with me. Today, we worked on studying mentor texts and writing rules for punctuating dialogue. We found that there are four different ways that dialogue is written. We will have our anchor chart made by the end of tomorrow and  my wife will take my sloppy copy and make it a thing of beauty- THEN I will share it with you.

I am excited to take the adventure with my students. I realize that the new core standards want us to focus on and push non-fiction reading and writing, and I will, but I feel that I need to get them excited about writing FIRST and then we can move on to those other concepts.

Writing ROCKS!



  1. And I missed out being in class to start on this - sounds like fun. I can't wait to be able to share with the class - and have them share with me. Mrs. E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of FINALLY HOME, a middle grade/YA mystery

    Author of the JGDS, 50-state, mystery, trivia series
    Where will the adventure take you next?

  2. I can't see all the titles of your mentor texts. Can you share them please? THank you!

  3. 'Dialogue' is spelled incorrectly on your anchor chart, but other than that, I like it and hope to use something similar. Thanks!


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