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Writing narratives in response to "Afternoon on a Hill"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the poem, "Afternoon on a Hill." Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit a narrative story about an imagined encounter between the narrator and a stranger on the hill.

Lessons

  • Plan a sequence of events for a narrative story

    In this lesson, you will learn how to plan the sequence of events for a narrative reading response by applying details from the original text to a new situation.

  • Establish a situation and setting for a narrative response

    In this lesson, you will learn how to establish a situation and setting for a narrative reading response for a short story by reviewing your notes on the setting of the original text.

  • Draft the beginning of a story by introducing characters

    In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce the characters and setting of a narrative reading response by drafting the beginning of your story using descriptive words.

  • Draft events in a narrative story using a plan

    In this lesson you will learn to draft the events of your story with details and in order by using your story organizer.

  • Use dialogue in narrative writing

    In this lesson, you will learn how to bring your narrative reading response to life by adding dialogue to show the response of characters to situations.

  • Use descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings

    In this lesson, you will learn to engage the reader by adding descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to your narrative reading response.

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