One of the first things I do to get to know my students as writers is to give them a general narrative writing prompt. We typically spend two days on this activity.
On the first day, I give them a copy of the prompt of their choice. This day is just for writing, writing, and more writing. On day two, they get a narrative checklist and time to finish up any “loose ends” in their writing. Afterwards, I use a 1-2-3 scale to assess their initial abilities as narrative writers.
You can use this freebie pack any time during the year, leave a prompt in your emergency sub plans, or pull it out as a quick assessment at the beginning or end of a unit on narrative writing. I hope it helps!
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