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About This Lesson Plan

GRADE
4

DURATION
40

UNIT PLAN
American Journeys: Learn About Illinois

Outline a Travel Narrative

An Amtrak train crosses a bridge
An Amtrak train crosses a bridge

Learn how to outline a fictional narrative essay

OBJECTIVE
Learn how to outline a fictional narrative essay

MATERIALS

  • Pen or pencil

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Outline A Travel Narrative Reproducible

DIRECTIONS

1. As a class, review the definition and structure of narrative essays. (Narrative essays tell a story from a specific point of view, usually the author's. These stories make a specific point, defined in the first paragraph. To involve the reader in the writer's experience, narrative essays include specific sensory details and precise nouns, adjectives, and verbs. The following storytelling elements are often included: plot, character, setting, climax, and conclusion.)

2. Use the following activity to help students brainstorm specific ideas for narrative essays. Read one of the following narrative essay topic ideas, then quickly go around the room and have students give an example of what the main point of the essay might be. For example, the title "My proudest day was..." could generate ideas such as, "The day I rode my bike for the first time," "The day I showed my sister how to write her name," etc. Change topics two or three times.

Topic Ideas

  • My scariest moment was...
  • My family deserves an award because...
• My favorite thing is...

 

3. Distribute Outline a Travel Narrative student reproducible 3 (PDF) and read it aloud. Give students 20 minutes to complete.


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