In the previous lesson, the students reviewed how to use quotation marks to include dialogue in writing. They also planned out their story using a graphic organizer. In this lesson, I will review quotation marks to being.
Once we have reviewed quotation marks, I will go over the writing rubric I will be using with the students so they are aware of what I am looking for when grading these papers.
I will then allow the students the remainder of the time today to compose their narrative stories.
I gave the students a lot of freedom on this writing assignment. They were free to choose the theme, characters, setting, plot, etc. As they started writing, several students asked me about length requirements. I told them that I didn't have a set length it needed to be, because story length varies greatly based on the story. I told them what I WAS requiring was to have a great plot with dialogue from the characters to help convey feeling and meaning. They needed to write not to a required amount, but write until the story was finished. I was extremely impressed with the length of the stories. The students did what I asked and wrote until the story was finished. Although a couple of the stories were only two or three pages long, the majority were over six pages long.