Writing prompts that invite students to include tension or conflict in narrative result in student work that can be more interesting, descriptive, and engaging.

I Remember Essay

Students list times in their life that they stand out in thier memory for one reason or another. From the list, they select one memory to describe in detail. The specificity of their narrative backs up the claim that...." I remember the time when...."

A time I lied

Students read Aesops fable "The boy who cride wolf" and discuss the theme of the story as well as the choices made by the main character. Afterwards, students in writing to the prompt: Write about a time you lied. What led you to make that decision. How did it work out for you? What did you learn from the experience?

Acts of Kindness

Students read Aesop's fable, The Lion and the Mouse, and discuss the idea of acts of kindness. They respond to a prompt: Are all acts of kindness rewarded? Write about a time you did something nice for someone.

Students can revise narratives using this chart

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