Tip: What If...? Narrative
How do I do it?
Present the anchor chart above as a prewriting organizer. Think aloud about a what if scenario for yourself (some good ones - What if..I was born before my sister?; ..my cat could talk?; ..I could fly at night?; ..I knew when and how I would die?; ..a real superhero came to our classroom; ..I had a million dollars? ..no one died - ever? etc.) Be sure to make sure students understand the “what if” scenario - draw it, act it out, as needed. Fill in the chart with details, words and sketches, being sure to think aloud and write specific details in the sections. Direct students to tell you what “What if..?” scenario they chose before they set off to complete their charts independently. Students use the charts to begin drafting their narrative.
Variations & Extensions
Direct lower proficiency level students to sketch pictures in the chart quadrants. Pair a bilingual student with a student new to English to assist them in their writing.
Common Core ELA Writing Standard 3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
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