Narrative Writing in Pictures: Anchor Charts and Ideas

Hello darlings!  Amy from That Teaching Spark here!  I think most of us teach Narrative Writing as our first writing unit in third grade.  Do you?  I thought I would make it easy on myself for next year and you for this year, by uploading most of the anchor charts I need to remember to create during this unit.  That way I can pin it and come back to it next year!

We use Lucy Calkins Units of Study in writing.  This anchor chart shows parts of the first few lessons with students just gathering seed ideas.

This anchor chart is another example of a few lessons that we did about using a story teller voice instead of a news reporter voice.  

You can check out a lesson on how I dig deep into adding strong emotions by reading this blogpost here.

I thought of a real event that happened to me and I used it to model all the strategies we were learning.  I wrote it right in front of them and talked them through it to show what was going on in my head as I wrote.

We used this narrative writing checklist as we added new stories and expanded on old ones. Students
also got a paper copy to glue into their Writer's Notebooks.

One of the lessons is all about editing as you go, not waiting until the end and having to go back and fix a ton of stuff.  This keeps kiddos aware as they write.
 I got the Strong Leads printouts from Scholastic.  You can grab them for free here.

Another strategy for narrative writing is using conversations to drive the story.  We created this anchor chart to show where to put the quotation marks and where to put the tag.  I can't remember where I got the "tag" idea, so if you know, please tell me so I can give credit!

Finally, we took all of our knowledge and chose a story to publish.  During our Publishing Party, I put students into groups of 5-6 and they shared their stories with their group.  Students got a sticky note for each member and after each person spoke, they wrote a COMPLIMENT on the sticky to give to the author.

Authors then put the sticky notes on the back of their writing so they had an array of compliments for all of their hard work.

Want to see how I keep track of conferences? Need a checklist and rubric?  Want to use this final copy paper?  You can grab it all here in my store.

Happy Writing!


  1. Thanks Amy!! I needed something like this to keep me in check!! I'm not the best writer, so writing is not my favorite thing to teach. I tend to forget something because I want to get it over with!! lol :)

  2. I love your ideas! Thank you for making them available. I am interested in the Strong Leads printouts. I can't find them on scholastic. Can you tell me what they would be under?