In this writing unit, students will learn about and apply fictional story elements—characters, setting, plot, conflict and solutions. Students will write their own stories with developed characters, a clear setting, a logical sequence of events as well as a problem that gets solved. Before writing their story, students will identify elements of fictional stories that we read in class. As students plan and write their stories, they will also learn about the writing process, with a focus on revision. At the end of the unit, students will know the difference between revision and editing and be able to discuss why revising is an important part of an author’s process.
Norman, Elle V., "Imagination Station: Teaching 2nd Graders to Publish Fictional Stories Using Story Elements" (2016). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 355.
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Imaginative Story Rubric.pdf (23 kB)
Story Planning Guide.pdf (42 kB)
Revision Activity Student Practice.pdf (18 kB)
Teacher Model of Story Planning Guide.pdf (1050 kB)
Teacher Finished Draft of Fictional Story.pdf (1138 kB)
What's the Plot Teacher Model.pdf (18 kB)
What's the Plot, Plot Problem Solution Assessment.pdf (19 kB)
What's the Setting, Setting Assessment.pdf (18 kB)
Whole Group Revision Practice Writing Sample.docx (11 kB)
Who's Your Character Characterization Assessment.pdf (18 kB)
Directions for Story Kit.docx (12 kB)
The Writing Process Assessment.pdf (19 kB)