The first step to writing a great story, especially for our language disordered students, is to have a plan! I made this chart so that my students could not only map out their general ideas for a story, but also start to think about the characters and setting for later writing development.
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The chart has four main areas; character, setting, problem and solution. There is also space to draw the character and setting and write down specific information such as traits, personality or what it looks like, so that student’s could actually start to visualize their story more. I have given this as homework after writing a topic that is typically curriculum related to serve as basis for later writing skills. You can also target a range of expressive language goals using this such as sequencing, using adjectives for description and using transitional words (conjunctions).
This chart supports the following Common Core Standards:
- W.3.3, 4.3 & 5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
- W.3.3a Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
- W.4.3a & W.5.3a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.