Thursday, September 22, 2016

Narrative Resources

Students are working on their narrative story regularly in class starting today. They will have the rest of the week to work on their rough draft, and will have computers available to type their final draft starting Monday.

In the classroom, we do a mini lesson each day focused on one part of the narrative. Below are the resources from the mini lessons that are available on the resources board in the class, as well as here if students want to work at home. Please feel free to use them at any time to help with your work.

Narrative Notes: What is this project about? What are the requirements?
Rubric - this is a BIG project! It will be worth 6 separate writing grades.

How we brainstormed
Strong Beginnings
Developing Characters
Character Traits
Narrative Techniques
Strong Endings


Monday, September 19, 2016

Tracking Character Change

Tracking how a character changes within the course of a story is a key component of understanding the plot. Today, students will read the fabulous short story "Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes and complete an exit ticket tracking the character change of the main character, Roger. They will also practice identifying the elements of plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution), for their assessment tomorrow.

Image result for character change

Friday, September 16, 2016

Narrative Exposition Examples - Hook Your Reader!

Here are some good examples of narrative beginnings. Remember you are trying to hook your reader! Be sure to try some different beginnings out! After you have a couple of different beginnings for your own story, ask a partner to read them and tell you which one makes them want to continue reading!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Finding Plot with Pixar Shorts

Objective: In reader's workshop, students will continue to practice identifying plot elements and charting them on a plot mountain in preparation for assessment RL6.3.

As a viewer today, practice identifying parts of the plot. Pay special attention to how the character changes over time. Make sure you include ALL elements of plot and are SPECIFIC about your details to support each part (use character's names and specific places).


  1. Click on this link to find the Pixar shorts:

  2. YOU MUST CLICK "Start using this webmix," or "Add this webmix" to view the videos.

  3. Choose one video to watch with your group.
  4. In your notebooks, practice identifying the elements of plot for your assessment
    on TUESDAY 9/20

  5. Check your answers AFTER you watch your video.

  6. Find the video you watched using the THUMBNAILS on the left. Then click on that thumbnail. Click PRESENT to view the answers for that video.

  7. If you complete one, choose another video to watch and repeat the process.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Theme Assessment Retakes

The theme assessment was returned this week and students had a lesson on reading and interpreting feedback. They also learned the process for study sessions and retakes. Students will need to fill out a Request to Retake form if they choose to retake this assessment. Your child was offered a retake form today. Study sessions are Thursday (9/8) at lunch and Monday (9/12) from 7:40 - 8:10. Retakes are Monday (9/12) at lunch and Wednesday (9/14) at lunch. These appointments have already been requested and are expected to be upheld. Should your child not attend the one they signed up for, they are no longer eligible for the retake opportunity. Please help me in building a responsible student who takes learning and education seriously.