Using a graphic organizer- personal narrative
ELACC2W3: Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
How do writers organize their writing?
About 1 hour
graphic organizer-beginning, middle, end, story lead
Overview or notes pertaining to lesson:
Students will learn how to use a graphic organizer to organize their personal narrative stories.
Today I would teach students how to use my beginning, middle, end graphic organizer. Last time we wrote a personal narrative we used our hands to help us organize our writing. Today I am going to give you a graphic organizer that we will be using in second grade. It has beginning, middle, and end on the graphic organizer because like every story, you need to include all of those parts in your story. I would model writing my story ideas in the graphic organizer in front of them. I want students to see that the organizer is for organizing thoughts, not for writing our whole story. I would make bullet points and incomplete sentences in the boxes and think aloud while I do this. I would explain to students that a graphic organizer is to quickly organize thoughts in order to jog our memory of the events of the story later when we write our complete story in our journals. My students always have a hard time with graphic organizers, because they always want to write the whole story with sentences in the organizer. We will continue to work on this concept throughout the year. Another note is that I like to do each part of the story separately, especially at the beginning of the year.
So I would model the first box first, then allow students to complete theirs. Then I would model “beginning”, allow students to turn and talk about what they will write in the beginning, then let them go and write the beginning. Then I would model “middle”, allow students to turn and talk, then let them complete their middle. Lastly, I would model “end”, allow turn and talk, then let them complete their end. This may take 2-3 days to complete.
When students are working independently, go around and help students struggling, and make sure everyone is completing the organizer properly.
What does every narrative story need to have? (characters and setting, beginning, middle, and end.)