- The Aspen Difference
Building Blocks of Narritive Writing
Our 2nd graders have been working hard on their story narratives by focusing on details and dialogue. There are a few techniques that I use that help break down the narrative process and make it enjoyable for every learner.
Making Pictures With Their Mind
First, we encourage students to experience the details and dialogue as I read stories to the class. I ask them to visualize the story the author was telling, without actually looking at the pictures. This makes students take time to focus on all the details and dialogue in the narratives. To take it a step further, as the students create their own narrative with the story, we read a text discussing where the students could add details to the author’s story. This allows the students to get creative and see how much descriptive detail is possible in writing! It opens their eyes to adding additional details and dialogue to what is already there can make the story more interesting and palpable.
Bringing Their Writing to Life
After working as a class, the students have their turn in writing. Students grab a partner and create a plan with a graphic organizer, draw a quick picture, or complete a "five finger plan," where they recount events in chronological order with five fingers on one hand.
From Plan to Feedback to Published
Once they have planned their story, they write their story. The students draft their story, making sure to focus on the three goals of: transitions, details, and dialogue. With their partner, the students will have a mini-conference where they ask their partner questions about the story (where it may be unclear) and discuss where they might be able to add in detail. This is a great lesson on giving and receiving feedback in 2nd grade. After they have fine-tuned and polished their essays, they get to publish their story on SeeSaw, take pictures of their writing, and record themselves reading it to connect parents at home to what they are writing about in class.