Unit activities begin with an introduction to the components of a narrative through listening to stories and viewing images. Students will then create their own image narratives that they will use to begin writing their stories.
Author's craft lessons that teach basic skills of written expression such as descriptive elements and literary devices will be presented each week and incorporated into the original modeled piece. Writing-process lessons that teach students what to do when you are stuck, how to choose a place to write, what to do when you are writing on one topic and get an idea for a different piece, how to use your favorite author's work to influence your own, etc. There will also be mini lessons in basic grammar and sentence structure that help to build students' confidence.