B. Applying the Mini Lesson to Draft Narratives (15 minutes)
- Invite students to work independently to apply their learning from the mini lesson to their draft narrative. Post these directions for students to follow:
- Look for opportunities to put dialogue in your narrative. Don't force it in; add it where it fits to make the story more descriptive. Try to have dialogue in at least one part of your narrative.
- Check the punctuation you have used around dialogue.
- Look for places to put more sensory words in your narrative.
- Look for at least three verbs that could be changed out for some of the strong action verbs on your handout.
- Circulate to assist students in revising their draft narratives. Ask probing questions, such as:
* "Look at the parts of your narrative where one character encounters another. Imagine those two characters
talking to each other. What would they say at this point in the story that would give the reader more vivid
details about their encounter?"
* "Have you used quotation marks at the beginning and end of the character's speech?"
* "Have you started speech by another character on a new line?"
* "Have you used punctuation inside the quotation marks?"
* "Where could you add sensory language? What sights, sounds, smells, tastes, or descriptions of the way things
feel could you add here to make it more vivid for the reader?"
* "Which verbs could be stronger to be more precise and have more impact on the reader?"