Now that your students are familiar with how to craft a plot for Narrative writing, let’s start writing! Woo Woo! I explain to my cherubs that all of the characters do not have to be introduced right away. However, I encourage students to introduce at least the main character in the introduction. In the body of the paper, students can bring in more characters. They will also be working on character traits, etc. Upper elementary students have a habit of wanting to tell a whole story leading up to the story. I tell them the best way to avoid that is to start off the story with the problem so their story can be developed from there. Think of CSI. The crime is presented at the beginning of the show. Then the story unfolds. This is the same with narrative writing. In the introduction, the characters, setting, and basic plot including the problem should be included. This gives the rest of the essay to expound upon the characters, setting, and plot. If you don’t have the following posters, simply draw a 3 car coaster and talk about the importance of including these 3 items in the introduction.
I tell the students to glue down the top edge of the roller coaster square to create a flap. Then, paste the chart under the flap. I always encourage them to write first! Then they may color, cut, and paste.