Improve narrative writing this Christmas with just eight simple steps. It’s quick. It’s easy. And your kids will love it.
Improve Narrative Writing with a Sample Text
You can start with this sample narrative. Or let kids edit their own pieces. Either way, their writing will show immediate improvement!
In my classroom, we do this activity with centers. Kids move from table to table improving their writing.
Step 1 – Varying Sentence Beginnings
Varying sentence beginnings makes a big difference! When your students do this, their writing shines. Beginners can think of synonyms. As they grow, kids can shake up word order or add phrases.
Step 2 – Varying Sentence Types
Kids usually stick to statements. Ask them to add a question. You’ll be surprised with the results! Varying sentence types appeals to the reader.
Step 3 – Varying Sentence Lengths
Long sentences flow. Short sentences punctuate. Perk up your audience with this tip. How can you make long sentences? Combine related sentences. Or add a phrase. When you want their attention, keep it short.
Step 4 – Choosing Words for Effect
Choosing the right words is easy. Just keep it specific. Use terms that are specific to your topic. Pull in active verbs. Find some unusual words.
Step 5 – Using Sensory Language
Readers like it when you appeal to the five senses. Kids tend to use sight only. Ask them to add sounds, textures, scents, and/or tastes.
Step 6 – Using Active Verbs
Did we say use active verbs? Here it is again. Teaching kids to switch sentences around really works.
Step 7 – Adding Details
Elaborate! Tell more! Let the audience know exactly what you’re talking about.
Step 8 – Using Transition Terms
Let writing flow. How? Use transition terms. They move the audience through your writing.
To grab this fun and effective activity, click here. The complete resource includes directions, two sample texts, eight strategy cards, a student self-check sheet, themed stationery, and a rubric. [Christmas Elves clip art was created by Educlips.]
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