Elementary Narrative & Informative Writing

Time4Writing Narrative & Informative Writing

Course Overview

Every child has a story within them, and the goal of narrative writing is to draw it out. This 8-week course explores the exciting topic of animal defense mechanisms to teach the process of narrative & informative writing, including: research and note-taking, slideshow development, story crafting, revising, and editing. Students will tap into both their analytical and creative sides as they gather information about the wild animal of their choice and then tell a “Wild Animal Tale.”

Course Components

Students will go through the following steps not once, but twice as they first create an informational slideshow about their animal and its defense mechanisms, and then transition to actual narrative writing.

Prewriting and Planning

Students will learn research and story planning skills. Your student will start by choosing a wild animal to focus their project on. Using a Time4Writing built-in Slideshow Planning Template, students will begin the process for creating a slideshow about the animal’s defense mechanisms. In addition, students will use their chosen animal to play the main character in a narrative story. A Character Development Map will help the student hone in on the details of their character and a Story Map will support the student’s plot development.


During the slideshow stage of the course, students will use their research and Slideshow Planning Template to build an informative slideshow with facts about their animal. When it’s time to draft their Wild Animal Tale, students will learn all about beginnings, middles, and endings of stories. The Maps created in the planning stage will guide students throughout this part of the process.


Once drafting is complete, the next accomplishment in narrative & informative writing is learning how to revise what you’ve written. Students learn techniques that will make their slideshow and story even better and learn how to apply those to their draft.


Although it gets a bad rap as the “least enjoyable” aspect of writing, the ability to find one’s own errors and omissions is every bit as key as the writing itself. Students will get tips on how to spot these issues – – and they might just discover it can be fun!