UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD what's this
• This standard addresses three primary components of effective narrative writing: technique, details, and event sequence
• In third grade, students begin developing their writing technique at a higher level, including how to set up the narrative in an interesting way, introduce characters, maintain a clear focus, and use meaningful dialogue
• The students are also strengthening their skills at using vivid detail to describe setting, characters, and action
Third graders will continue to develop their ability to convey a sequence of events through the use of time cue (temporal) and transition words and phrases
QUESTIONS TO FOCUS INSTRUCTION what's this
• What are the basic steps in writing a narrative?
• What organizational tools can be used to help students strengthen their ability to structure their writing so that it is clear and cohesive?
• How can using dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings of characters improve student writing?
• What types of activities can be used with third graders to promote imaginative and detailed writing?
• What level of independent narrative writing should be the goal for third graders, and how do I encourage that?
Go to W.2.3 to see skills mastered prior to this.