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Unit Information

Curriculum Map: Narrative Texts and Narrative Writing

Checklist: Narrative Texts Checklist

List of Novels: Middle School List of Novels
(teachers may use a selection(s) from the attached list to address the standards)

Unit Length: 27 Days

Domains: (select a domain)

Performance Tasks:

  • Fictional Narrative - Write a fictional narrative that includes the elements of plot, setting, and character. The purpose is to entertain the people who will need it - your audience. Pages 224-233 (Includes story ideas, how to create characters, plan for audience, building plot sequence, establishing point of view, creating dialogue, evaluation, and revising). In addition to these features, a rubric is included for the student. 
    See 7th Grade Narrative Writing Rubric
  • Short Story Presentation - Present a short story as an oral fiction narrative. Practice delivering your short story orally, and then present it to your class (fairy tales work well here)
  • Story Board - Create a story board that shows the elements of the short story and the major events of the narrative
  • Book Jacket - Students create book jackets for a chosen novel they have read in class or in accelerated reading
Reading Literary (RL)
CCGPS Unit Standards: (click on a standard to see resources)
ELACC7RL1.a Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support an analysis of what the text explicitly says (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Cite textual evidence to support an analysis of what the text says explicitly
Essential Questions:
  • How do I find textual evidence to support my analysis of the text?
  • How do I cite evidence to support my analysis of the text?
Key Vocabulary:
analysis
explicit text
note taking
connections
textual evidence
Resources:
  • Elements of Literature: Prose-Literary Selections pages 14-93
  • Elements of Literature: Short Story Selections pages 140-199, 258-304, 352-439, 496-542
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ELACC7RL1.b Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support an analysis of inferences drawn from the text (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Cite textual evidence to support an analysis of inferences drawn from the text
Essential Questions:
  • How do I find textual evidence to support my analysis of inferences drawn from the text?
  • How does a story's content directly relate to inferences?
Key Vocabulary:
prediction
inferences
inferential evidence
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature Textbook: Making Inferences page 259
  • Holt Elements of Literature Textbook: Questioning and Predicting page 604
  • Holt Elements of Literature Textbook: Making Inferences - Identifying and Evaluating Evidence page 869
  • Holt Elements of Language Textbook: Drawing Conclusions pages 573-574
  • Holt Elements of Language Textbook: Conclusions and Generalizations
    pages 722-723
  • Holt Teacher Resources: Collections 1-4

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ELACC7RL2.a Determine a theme or central idea of a text (DOK 2)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Determine a theme or central idea of a text
Essential Questions:
  • How do narrative texts entertain and embody multiple themes?
  • How is theme different from main idea?
Key Vocabulary:
theme
central idea
cause/effect
recurring themes
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: What are Theme/Point of View page 340
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Finding Theme pages 353, 373
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Characters, Conflicts, and Themes page 965
  • Holt Teacher Resources Collection #4: Theme and Point of View
  • Suggested Readings: The Cay; "Song of the Trees"
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ELACC7RL2.b Analyze the theme's development over the course of the text (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Determine how theme is conveyed through particular details (include universal themes)
Essential Questions:
  • How do I recognize the development of theme(s) over the course of the text?
Key Vocabulary:
universal theme
multiple themes
development of theme
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Analyze Themes: Visual Art page 342
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How are Theme, Cause & Effect, Predictions Connected? page 342
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Comparing Themes page 417
  • Holt Teacher Resources Collection #4: Theme and Point of View
  • Suggested Readings: The Cay; "Song of the Trees"
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ELACC7RL2.c Provide an objective summary of the text (DOK 2)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
Essential Questions:
  • Why is an objective summary important?
  • Why is an unbiased summary fair to the writer and the reader?
Key Vocabulary:
summary
paraphrasing
objective summary
skimming and scanning
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Summarizing pages 141, 913
  • Holt Elements of Language: Summarizing Information pages 134, 164
  • Holt Elements of Language: Skimming and Scanning page 591
  • Holt Teacher Resources Collection #4: Theme and Point of View
  • Suggested Readings: The Cay; "Song of the Trees"
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ELACC7RL3.a Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g. how settings shape the characters or plot (DOK 2)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes
  • 6th grade standard: Describe how the characters respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution (characterization)
Essential Questions:
  • How do particular narrative elements relate to my understanding of the story?
  • How does the integration of story elements shape the text?
Key Vocabulary:
climax plot/subplots
setting historical fiction
novella characterization
folk tale dynamic character
romance character motivation
resolution elements of fiction
character flashback/foreshadowing
flat character irony (verbal, situational)
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How do Writers Reveal Character? page 246
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How Character Affects Plot: Motivation page 283
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How are Themes, Cause and Effect, and Predictions Connected? page 342
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Characters, Conflicts, Themes page 965
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Comparing and Contrasting Characters page 297
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Plot/Setting pages 130-131
  • Holt Teacher Resources Collections 1-4: Fiction
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ELACC7RL4.a Determine the meaning of words and phrases, both figurative and connotative as they are used in a text (DOK 2)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings as they are used in a text
Essential Questions:
  • How do I use contextual evidence to determine the meaning of words and phrases?
  • How do literary devices and word choice affect meaning?
Key Vocabulary:
synonyms analogies/idioms
denotation contrast/examples
restatement word choice (diction)
roots/affixes connotative meaning
figures of speech allusion (biblical, myth)
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Vocabulary Skills Review pages 122, 240, 334, 478, 574, 636, 754, 892, 1010
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Connotations and Denotations pages 60, 259, 268, 271, 280
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Sensory Language page 681
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Metaphor/Simile page 680
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Figures of Speech page 716
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Analyzing Figures of Speech page 723
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ELACC7RL4.b Analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sound on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or a section of a story (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Analyze the impact of word choice on meaning and tone
Essential Questions:
  • How do authors use rhyme or sound to impact a story?
Key Vocabulary:
tone
mood
rhyme
repetition
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Sensory Language page 681
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Analyzing Figures of Speech page 723
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Literary Skills Review "The Sea" page 752
  • Holt Elements of Literature: RL4B - Sounds of Poetry pages 649, 701
  • Holt Teacher Resources: Collections 1-4 Elements of Fiction
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ELACC7RL6 Explain how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Explain how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text
Essential Questions:
  • How does the author create point of view?
  • How does an author develop and contrast the points of view of different characters and/or narrators?
Key Vocabulary:
tone omniscient narrator
mood first person point of view
narrator third person point of view
word choice second person point of view
point of view
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: First Course "What are Theme and Point of View?" page 340
  • Holt Elements of Literature: First Person page 399
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Objective/Subjective and Omniscient pages 497, 389
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How can you Interpret POV" (i.e. "The True Story of 'The Three Little Pigs'"/Defend the wolf!) page 488
  • Holt Teacher Resources Collections 1-4: Elements of Fiction
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ELACC7RL7 Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of the techniques used in each (lighting, sound, color, camera focus, and angles in film) (DOK 2)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text (6th grade does not analyze the use of the techniques)
Essential Questions:
  • How are the techniques of a written story different from those techniques used in multimedia?
Key Vocabulary:
radio
television
visual texts
audio texts
filmed versions
film production
electronic media
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Comparing and Contrasting Across Texts pages 6-7, 75
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Visualizing: Pictures in the Mind page 179
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Comparing Versions of a Text page 859
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How Does Poetry Relate to Art? page 650
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How Can you Analyze Dramatic Characters in Visuals? page 764
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How Can Reading a Play Be Like Watching a Play? page 766
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How Can You Determine Character from a Photograph? page 248
  • DVD's of stories, poems, or dramas/Compare to reading that same text: Media Center, Teacher Resources Audio, Online Videos
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ELACC7RL9 Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g. stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics
Essential Questions:
  • How do fictional portrayals often differ from historical accounts?
  • How do authors use fictional accounts to alter history?
Key Vocabulary:
fantasy
mythology
science fiction
fictional portrayal
historical account
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Historical Context page 5
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Historical Perspective page 45
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Author's Techniques pages 181, 511
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Understanding Myths from Literary Maps pages 904-905
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Myths pages 896-954
  • Suggested Readings: The Cay; Red Scarf Girl
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ELACC7RL10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard: same as 7th grade standard
Essential Questions:
  • How does reading a variety of texts help my reading comprehension?
  • Why is reading at or above my grade level important to my achievement?
Key Vocabulary:
myths
drama
poetry
short story
historical fiction
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: First Course/Fiction and Nonfiction pages 4-106
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Short Stories pages 130-460
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Nonfiction pages 486-584
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Elements of Poetry pages 646-740
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Elements of Drama pages 762-874
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Myths, Folk Tales, and Legends pages 900-994
  • Suggested Readings: Novels/Dramas of choice - 10 Titles per grade/within the 6-8 complexity band; www.georgiastandards.org Frameworks provide additional suggestions
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Narrative Writing (W)
Writing Resources:
CCGPS Unit Standards: (click on a standard to see resources)

ELACC7W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences

ELACC7W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences
(DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th Grade Standards: Same as 7th grade standards
Essential Questions:
  • How do I write narratives that use effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences?
Key Vocabulary:
task
purpose
audience
event sequences
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: How Do Writers Reveal Character? page 246
  • Holt Elements of Literature: What are Theme and Point of View page 340
  • Holt Writing Workshops: Fictional Narrative pages 224, 233
  • Holt Writing Workshops: Autobiographical Narrative pages 460, 469
  • Holt Writing Workshops: Presenting an Autobiographical Narrative page 470
  • Holt Writing Workshops: How Can You Interpret Point of View? page 488
  • Holt Writing Workshops: Using Transitions pages 321, 877
  • Holt Writing Workshops: Punctuating Dialogue page 227
  • Jefferson County, TN Website http://jc-schools.net/PPTs-la.html (includes introduction and conclusion for various essays)
  • 6 + 1 Writing Traits - Copies in each media center
  • TCSS 7th Grade Narrative Writing Rubric
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ELACC7W3.a1-a3 Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view; Introduce a narrator and/or characters; Organize an event sequence that unfolds logically and naturally (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th Grade Standards: Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically
Essential Questions:
  • How do I engage my reader and establish a context and point of view?
  • How do I introduce a narrator and/or characters?
  • How do I organize my narrative so that it flows logically and naturally?
Key Vocabulary:
context
narrator
point of view
engagement
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Writing a Narrative Paragraph-Review A page 496
  • Holt Elements of Literature: What Makes a Good Paragraph? (Unity, Coherence, Order of Details, Transitional Words and Phrases, and Elaboration) pages 481-490
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Writing a Short Story page 630
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Supporting Sentences and Clincher Sentences pages 479-480
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Developing Setting page 465
  • Jefferson County, TN Website http://jc-schools.net/PPTs-la.html (includes introduction and conclusion for various essays)
  • 6 + 1 Writing Traits - Copies in each media center
  • TCSS 7th Grade Narrative Writing Rubric
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ELACC7W3.b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th Grade Standards: Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description to develop experiences, events, and/or characters
Essential Questions:
  • How do I use narrative techniques, such as pacing, description, and reflection to develop my narrative?
  • How does dialogue help to advance the plot?
Key Vocabulary:
pacing
dialogue
reflection
description
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Writing a Narrative Paragraph-Review A page 496
  • Holt Elements of Literature: What Makes a Good Paragraph? (Unity, Coherence, Order of Details, Transitional Words and Phrases, and Elaboration) pages 481-490
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Writing a Short Story page 630
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Supporting Sentences and Clincher Sentences pages 479-480
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Developing Setting page 465
  • Jefferson County, TN Website http://jc-schools.net/PPTs-la.html (includes introduction and conclusion for various essays)
  • 6 + 1 Writing Traits - Copies in each media center
  • TCSS 7th Grade Narrative Writing Rubric
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ELACC7W3.c Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th Grade Standards: Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame to another
Essential Questions:
  • How do I use transitions to convey sequence and signal shifts in time, setting, or relationships?
Key Vocabulary:
transitions
convey sequence
signal shifts of time
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Transitions page 877
  • Holt Elements of Literature: What Makes a Good Paragraph? (Unity, Coherence, Order of Details, Transitional Words and Phrases, and Elaboration) pages 481-490
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Dialogue pages 227, 462
  • Holt Elements of Literature: Vivid verbs page 15
  • Holt Elements of Language: Chapter on paragraph construction and transition
  • TCSS 7th Grade Narrative Writing Rubric
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ELACC7W3.d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th Grade Standards: Same as 7th grade standard
Essential Questions:
  • How do precise words and phrases, descriptive details, and sensory language capture the action and convey experiences and events?
Key Vocabulary:
imagery
description
precise words
sensory language
Resources:
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ELACC7W3.e Provide a conclusion that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • 6th Grade Standards: Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events
Essential Questions:
  • Why should a conclusion follow from and support the narrative?
Key Vocabulary:
conclusion
resolution (narrative)
Resources:
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