Narrative Writing for Elementary Students
Narrative writing is the art of storytelling. It allows students to express their creative skills and share their imagination and understanding of the different elements of writing.
In this 8-week narrative writing course, students will learn the basic principles of storytelling, what parts are necessary to create a story, and how Time4Learning will help them improve their narrative writing skills.
Topics covered include:
- What Are The Characteristics of Narrative Writing?
- How Time4Writing Helps Elementary Students Build Narrative Writing Skills
- What’s Included in Time4Writing’s Elementary School Narrative Writing Course?
- What are Elementary School Students Expected to Know Before Taking Our Narrative Writing Course
What Are The Characteristics of Narrative Writing?
Before students can create a story, they must understand the characteristics of narrative writing. Each characteristic plays a vital role in the storytelling process and is necessary for building an insightful and entertaining story.
The five general characteristics of narrative writing include:
- Characters: Students should describe the characters to give them life. Characters are usually the driving force of the narrative, especially as your student develops them during the story. There is usually a main character and then secondary characters that play various roles.
- Setting: This is where the story takes place. It could be a fantasy world, a typical neighborhood, a big city or any other place the writer chooses. Readers should be able to visualize the setting through the writer’s word choice and description.
- Plot: This is the main point of the story. It consists of the events that organize the story and the connected events that explain the narrative.
- Conflict: Every story has conflict and the plot goes about solving this conflict. There could be conflict between friends, the natural world, yourself, or a supernatural force.
- Resolution: This is the conclusion of the plot. It occurs after the climax, which is the decisive moment or turning point in the narrative. The resolution is the end of the story.
Narrative writing is usually fiction-based and usually tells a story. The different types of narrative writing can take the form of a paragraph, an essay, a short story, a novel, or a play. There is even narrative poetry that tells a story in verse form. Most all narrative writing contains a plot, a setting, a theme, and characters.
How Time4Writing Helps Elementary Students Build Narrative Writing Skills
Time4Writing’s narrative writing course focuses on the fundamentals of storytelling. Our certified teachers introduce the students to the entertaining topic of “animal defense mechanisms”, which inspires students to research and create their own narrative. This process sharpens their skills and prepares them for future writing assignments.
Students take specific steps to reach their writing objectives. These steps include:
- Learning the elements of narrative writing and how each individual element helps create a whole story.
- Creating the plot for the narrative and how it will impact their chosen animal.
- Building a first draft of the beginning, middle and end of their story.
- Understanding how to review their draft and think critically as they go about improving upon what they wrote.
- Finalizing their essay by closely examining each word, phrase and paragraph to make sure it’s satisfactory.
Time4Writing’s certified teachers guide your students through the characteristics of narrative writing and provide the necessary resources, feedback, and encouraging instructions that help your students improve their writing skills.
What’s Included in Time4Writing’s Elementary School Narrative Writing Course?
Our narrative writing course for elementary students is broken down into five components. Teachers allow students to work at their own pace as they master each component and, ultimately, create their very own story.
This proven process includes the following components:
- Prewriting: Your students review the elements of narrative writing and then choose a wild animal to focus their narrative on. As they research their animal, they will gain valuable skills in note taking and using graphic organizers to prepare for the actual drafting of the narrative.
- Planning: Students will learn how to use character development maps to fully develop their chosen animals and understand how they affect and are affected by the plot. Then they will explore a story map, which they will use to identify their story’s plot, setting, problem, and solution.
- Drafting: As students draft their narrative, they will gain valuable skills in key writing areas such as: how temporal words and phrases help transition between people and places in a story, how sensory details make a narrative more engaging, and they will grasp how dialogue moves a story forward.
- Revising: Once drafting is complete, the next step is learning how to revise what’s been written. Students will pay close attention to the words and sentences they’ve created to see if precise verbs, internal dialogue, and word choice might improve their finished product.
- Editing: Although this step is not a favorite for many writers, it’s essential. Students will practice finding their own errors and omissions and receive tips on how to spot and correct these issues.
What Are Elementary School Students Expected To Know Before Taking Our Narrative Writing Course?
Time4Writing’s narrative writing for elementary students is an advanced course. Students should have a working knowledge of certain skills before they sign up for this online writing course. Those skills include:
- Recognizing and using adjectives and pronouns in sentences.
- Correctly identifying complete subjects in sentences and being able to form complete sentences with subjects.
- Using proofreading strategies in their own writing.
- The ability to create the plural forms and possessive forms of nouns.
- Understand the rules for correct comma placement and using them in their work.
- Correctly identifying and spelling words that are often confused with other words.
- Writing sentences in a variety of formats in order to make their writing more interesting.
- Using descriptive words and using them in a descriptive paragraph.
If your students need assistance with these skills, Time4Writing offers courses that focus on Elementary School Grammar Skills, Elementary School Sentence Writing and Elementary School Paragraph Writing.