The Writing Process

These videos and accompanying materials provided to you by your teacher are all you'll need to start crafting, editing, revising, and ultimately, submitting your personal narrative. You're onto the most exciting part of the process ... the actual writing!

What is Narrative Writing?

The Mini Lessons

The Writing Process

Your Rough Draft

Now that you have a good idea of what a narrative actually is and you have participated in some mini lessons that will help you write a powerful narrative, it’s time to start writing! Let's talk about your next steps for creating your first rough draft. 

For this lesson, you will need:

  • Narrative Writing Rubric
 

Figurative Language

Now that you have a solid outline and/or rough draft, it's time to make it even better! One way to do that is to add a lot of figurative language. These activities are going to get those wheels turning!

For this lesson, you will need:

  • All About Figurative Language Cheat Sheet
  • Now Let's Add Figurative Language Handout
 

Student Checklist

Whenever we get close to the end of the writing process, using a checklist is incredibly helpful to make sure we've included all of the important aspects of a writing piece. This video and accompanying checklist will help you do just that!

For this lesson, you will need:

  • Student Checklist Handout
 

Peer Editing

Now that you’ve revised your narrative twice, it’s time to get some feedback from your peers. You will be trading papers with a partner (your teacher will give you instructions for how to do this) and providing each other with specific and meaningful feedback to strengthen your writing.

For this lesson, you will need:

  • 5 Peer Editing Station Cards 
 

Revising Your Narrative

You are now ready to craft your final narrative! This quick video walks you through the final steps to putting the icing on the cake for your finished narrative piece. 

For this lesson, you will need:

  • Narrative Writing Rubric
 

Congratulations! 

You’ve completed your narrative! It’s time to celebrate.

Who doesn’t love a good party, right? Having a party is a great way to celebrate finishing your narrative. When we talk about a party here, we mean sharing your work with an authentic audience so others can share in your success. You should be proud of that narrative you wrote!

It can be as simple as recording yourself reading your narrative (or an excerpt from it) on Flipgrid and sharing it with your family, your teachers, or other friends. 

Another great option is uploading your narrative into the site futureme.org, which allows you to send yourself an email in the future. How much fun would it be to receive your narrative a year from now, five years from now, or any specific date you choose?

Your teacher will share with you how, specifically, your publishing party will go. 

Again, congratulations on a job well done!