Everyone has a story to tell…

What is narrative writing?
According to Mr. Kramer (see link below), “At a minimum, narrative denotes writing with (A) set scenes, (B) characters, (C) action that unfolds over time, (D) the interpretable voice of a teller — a narrator with a somewhat discernable personality — and (E) some sense of relationship to the reader, viewer or listener, which, all arrayed, (F) lead the audience toward a point, realization or destination.”

In other words, narrative writing is a writer telling a story to an audience. It’s an attempt to share an experience. When we brainstormed and shared-out in class on Friday, every single one of you “got it.”

We’re starting narrative writing. We will go through the writing process, and in the process use the six traits to make our writing better.


The end product:
A two-page, double spaced (format paragraph), 12-pt. Times or Ariel font story.
Headline can be up to 16 pt. any font you choose.
Your NCPD must be single-spaced, left hand margin, 12 pt. Times or Ariel.

*You must include the line of text that is in italics on your print somewhere in your story.

The Writing Process

  • Pre-write and brainstorming: Gather ideas
  • (First) Draft: Organize your ideas in a sequence you wish your story to be told.
  • Revise: Use the six traits to improve your writing: Use VOICE for your personality; use SENTENCE FLUENCY for varying lengths of sentences, transitions and flow; use CONVENTIONS to make sure there are no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors; use WORD CHOICE to make sure you don’t repeat the same words and use language to make your story more vibrant; use IDEAS to focus your story on a central, dynamic theme; use ORGANIZATION to make your story “stick together” and “make sense.”
  • Very helpful hint: Have your parent read your story out loud to you. Ask them not to correct it as they read. You need to hear how your writing sounds and try to improve it. If you need advice, then they can help.
  • Be prepared to share your story in our Writer’s Workshop.
  • Edit: We will use the Writer’s Workshop model and have others read our papers to check for errors, and constructive comments.
  • Publish: Your final story will be in a very specific format. There are many reasons to have this format. Follow the guidelines and demonstrate that you can follow instructions. You want your hard work to be its best.

Calendar of Writing:

October 1-5: Draft, Revise

October 8-12: Revise, Edit, Publish

October 15: Final work will be available for students in a printed-out form.