This narrative course takes students through the five steps of the writing process: prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. In a fun filled and engaging way. We want to make writing fun! Prewriting Often overlooked as important to the writing process, the more time a writer spends in the prewriting stage, the smoother the rest of the process will go. Your student will start by learning the elements of a narrative. Then, they will choose an Olympic event to focus their narrative on. As they research their event, they will gain valuable skills in note taking and using graphic organizers to prepare for the actual drafting of the narrative. Planning Now that their research is complete, students will learn how to use character development maps to fully develop their chosen animals and understand how they affect and are affected by the plot of their narrative. The next planning tool students will explore is a story map, which they will use to identify their story’s plot, setting, problem, and solution. Drafting As students draft the beginning, middle, and endings of their narrative, they will gain valuable skills in a number of key writing areas. They will learn how temporal words and phrases help transition between people and places in a story. They will discover how sensory details make a narrative more engaging. And they will grasp how dialogue moves a story forward. Revising Once drafting is complete, the next accomplishment in narrative writing is learning how to revise what you’ve written. Students will pay close attention to the words and sentences they’ve created to see if precise verbs, internal dialogue, and word choice might improve their finished product. Editing Although it gets a bad rap as the “least enjoyable” aspect of writing, the ability to find one’s own errors and omissions is every bit as key as the writing itself. Students will get tips on how to spot these issues and how to correct them.