Module 4-Forms of a Narrative-Language Arts 5A - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module students will learn about the different forms that stories take in literature. Students will learn more about the differences between a novel, a play, and a poem. Students will learn how important it is to have a strong conclusion or ending no matter what type of narrative they're writing. Students will learn how to identify sentence fragments.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Literary Forms crayons or colored pencils (optional);
2 Narrative Sections None
3 Narrative Conclusions None
4 Sentence Fragments None

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Literary Forms
  1. Name the forms that narrative literature can take.
2 Narrative Sections
  1. Describe the sections in each narrative form (chapters, scenes, etc.).
3 Narrative Conclusions
  1. Write a conclusion for their narrative.
4 Sentence Fragments
  1. Identify examples of sentence fragments.
  2. Describe or identify situations in which sentence fragments are useful and appropriate.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
short story

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
3 Narrative Conclusions 3 Story Conclusion Checklist Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Literary Forms
2 Narrative Sections In the suggested book list of the module course guide on the learning coach website is a book of poems by Shel Silverstein and a play by J.K. Rowling. You may search for your own book of poems or play script if you cannot find the ones suggested at a local library. Share the poems with your student and read parts of the play. In their Language Arts notebook, have your student explain why poems and plays are narratives and write about the features of poems, plays, and novels.
3 Narrative Conclusions In their Language Arts notebook, have your student write about what makes a good conclusion. Books 3 and 4 on the suggested books list in the module course guide of the learning coach website are books to help students with narrative writing. Share them with your student, if possible, and discuss what they learned from the books about writing a narrative.
4 Sentence Fragments In their Language Arts notebook, please have your student define what a sentence fragment is and when it is OK and not OK to use sentence fragments.

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Literary Forms
  1. What are the forms of narrative literature?
Narrative Sections
  1. How is a poem different from a novel--or a play?
Narrative Conclusions
  1. How do you conclude a narrative?
Sentence Fragments
  1. Can sentence fragments be good in a story?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Literary Forms What is a narrative?
  1. What is a narrative?
  2. What are the three parts of a narrative?
  3. What does the beginning of a narrative do?
Narrative Sections The Sun and the Wind
  1. How is a play different from a story?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings Shel Silverstein NP
2 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two J.K. Rowling
3 Miss Brooks' Story Nook Barbara Bottner AD510L
4 Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise David Ezra Stein 540L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing