Tip: Three Sentence Story
How do I do it?
Make a 3 sentence story with sentence starters: First, Second, Third or Suddenly, Then, Finally or Happily, Angrily, Quietly etc.
Variations & Extensions:
Assign topics that help students review what they are studying (e.g. US Constitution; job interviews; adding detail to writing; things around the house, etc.); time students to see how many different three sentence stories they can create in 1 minute; have students work in pairs or small groups; record the sentences on sentence strips or video clips and rearrange; have the class vote on the best story; use the three sentence story for a quiz where students have to make the story based on reading homework or a new concept in history, math, or science. This is a great tool for summarization practice, review of key concepts, and practice with key content vocabulary.
Common Core ELA Writing Standard 3&4
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
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