Writing Realistic Stories guides your students step by step through the process of writing a story that could have taken place. Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students gain new story-writing strategies and skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
Students warm up by thinking about realistic stories that they have recently read or seen as well as real events that they could fictionalize. Then they read a sample realistic story and respond to the reading. Afterward, students are ready to write their own realistic stories:
- Prewriting activities help students think of real events, answer the 5 W's and H about one event, and turn the event into a story with characters, setting, conflict, and plot.
- Writing activities help students write an opening that draws the reader into the story and introduces the characters, setting, and conflict. Students develop a middle part that uses action and dialogue to show what happened in the story. An ending paragraph brings the story to a fitting close.
- Revising activities help students revise for pacing and add personal thoughts. Students will also learn how to get a peer response and use a checklist to make improvements.
- Editing activities help students correctly form compound sentences, use possessives, and use a checklist to catch correct common errors.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their stories and reflect on what they have learned.