Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Narrative Writing with Emergent Writers

Helping students see narrative writing as storytelling will help them write! Using cards to take away the pressures of spelling can allow their creativity to flow.
Hello, all.  Another Summer Blog Party.  This week we'll talk about my favorite thing:  writing.

I'm going to talk about teaching early learners to write personal narratives.

Write what you know.

The first rule of writing is helping students understand they can write about what they know.  At the earliest, students can write a story about their trip to the airport.  Some will write with pictures, some with write with a few letters, and some will write using word wall words.  Making the connection between using word wall words to tell what they know will empower students to write about what they know.

Give them the tools.

Helping students see narrative writing as storytelling will help them write! Using cards to take away the pressures of spelling can allow their creativity to flow.
Students can use a provided card to help their story.  The story can use word wall words and follow a pattern.  First, the student writes about where they went using the sentence starter, "I go to the ..."  

Second, the student can tell what they see at the airport with the sentence starter, "I see the ..."
Helping students see narrative writing as storytelling will help them write! Using cards to take away the pressures of spelling can allow their creativity to flow.
Finally, the student can tell what they can do at the airport with the sentence starter, "I can ..."
Helping students see narrative writing as storytelling will help them write! Using cards to take away the pressures of spelling can allow their creativity to flow.
Using this simple tool, students can write their first narrative with words.

Show them early success.

Success begets success.  If they see how easy it is to write a narrative, they will want to write more.  As the writing becomes routine, you can up the ante in writing conferences.  

FREEBIE

Click the link to have a FREEBIE Narrative Story Starter Set. I'd love to see your student's writing.  Send me pictures of their writing and I'll post it.  Success begets success...even for teachers.

3 comments:

  1. success begets success." Yes!

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  2. You could have posted your whole VSRA presentation here. :-) I would love to watch you teach writing, Cathy. I bet your students just blossom in a year's time. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Carla. I LOVE teaching writing.

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