8th Grade Narrative Writing – Printable Version – Middle School – Model Lessons

8th Grade Narrative Writing – Printable Version – Middle School – Model Lessons


8th Grade Writing Unit. This Step-by-Step Writing® Unit has EVERYTHING needed to teach 8th Grade Narrative Writing. It is a research-based unit from our 8th Grade Writing Program specifically designed for teachers and homeschool parents to EASILY follow through the WRITING PROCESS with already prepped anchor charts, modeled lessons, and practice. Every lesson builds upon the previous skill within one piece of essay writing, which gives students effective strategies to write their own narrative. Check out the preview!


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The packet includes:
★ Scripted Lessons (Detailed lesson plans on what to say)

★ Anchor Charts

★ Original Mentor Text and Mentor Text suggested list

★ Differentiated Interactive Pages

★ Model Writing (For each step that builds into a quality story)

★ Student Practice Worksheets

★ Task Cards (Great for centers or extra practice)

★ Narrative Writing Checklist

★ Common Core Checklist

★ Million Dollar Dictionary

★ Tracking Form

★ Writing Goal Form

★ Peer reflection Form

★ Personal reflection Form

★ Rubrics (3-point and 4-point)

★ Final Copy Templates

★ Writing Prompt Cards

★ Weekly Writing Guide for Students (Essay of the Week)



(This is narrative writing, but there is a comparison chart to personal narratives and how to use this resource when writing personal narratives)

1. Narrative Elements

2. Prewriting- How to Brainstorming

3. Prewriting- Using Graphic Organizers for Narrative Writing

4. How to Determine Task, Audience, Purpose, and Theme

5. What is a plot? (Includes anchor charts for exposition, antagonist/protagonist, internal/external conflict, rising and falling action, climax, and resolution

6. Writing an Introduction (exposition)

7. Writing a Body (Includes Power of 3, Suspense/Tension, Climax)

8. Working with Developing Character and Actions

9. How to Use Dialogue

10. Writing a Conclusion

11. Strategies to Write a Rough Draft

12. How to Form a Writing Goal

13. D.A.R.E. to Revise (How to Delete, Add, Rearrange, Exchange)

14. How to Write a Rockin’ Beginning (Strong Leads)

15. Using Transition Words

16. How to Use Word Choice (Million Dollar Words)

17. How to Provide Sentence Variety

18. How to Write a Jammin’ Conclusion

19. How to Craft a Title

20. C.U.P.S. to Edit

21. Editing Capitalization

22. Editing Usage (Lessons on Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns, Vague and Ambiguous Pronouns, Inappropriate shift in Pronouns, Active vs. Passive Voice, and Mood in Verbs)

23. Editing Punctuation

24. Editing Spelling

25. Rules for Peer Reflections

26. Writing a Final Copy


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