Today, I start our lesson by asking student to pull out their work from yesterday. I ask if anyone would like to share their beginning, middle, end ideas for their narrative that did not get a chance to share yesterday. A few students share their work so far.
Now I say, “Okay, third graders! Sounds like we have a great idea of what each of our beginning, middle, and endings are going to be in our narratives. Today, let’s add a little more to our stories. Let’s take a look at my story.” I pull up the blank coral reef narrative story map and a beginning, middle, end form that I’ve filled out with a few ideas from our chart (from the day before).
I read the students the beginning, middle, and end that I have plotted out and then pull up the coral reef narrative story map (see the Resources section). I ask the kids, “Boys and girls, what do you think would be a good setting for my story.” Students give me a few suggestions, and so I say, “I like these ideas! I think I’ll put in the beach since I know that these narratives should be inspired by the ocean in some way!” Then I ask about possible characters, a possible problem and a possible solution, make a note for each section on the map!
Once we have the map filled out, I say, “Third graders! Guess what you just did? You just filled out a narrative story map, using the all the story elements of a narratives! You are narrative superstars!”
Now, I say, “In order to finish plotting out your ideas for your narrative, today, I’d like you to work sketching out your ideas on your own narrative story map, just like the one we just completed together. This time, though, you’ll be writing in your own setting, your own characters, your own problem, and your own solution!” I give each child a coral reef narrative story map and let them get started!
At the very end of the lesson, I tell the students, “Boys and girls, I am SO excited for you to get writing! Tomorrow, we’ll dive into actually writing our narratives! These are going to be so good! Actually, the best! “