Writing 5 Paragraph Narratives

5 hand essayWriting: W.4.3; W.5.3

To help students organize a five-paragraph narrative, have each student trace and cut out six hand shapes. Next, have the child staple the shapes together to make a booklet, labeling the top cutout with the assignment’s topic or title and the story’s parts as shown. Have the student label the thumb or fingers of each remaining hand with one part. Then guide the child to jot ideas for each paragraph on the matching cutout. Finally, have the student use the organized ideas to write a five-paragraph narrative.

Reposted from:  The Mailbox Activities


About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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