Narrative Writing Activities Tired Words/Boring Sentences



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Narrative Writing Activities



  1. Tired Words/Boring Sentences (DC Pg 66)

  • Children chose overused words from their own and other people’s writing and they brainstorm alternatives

  • Read sentence carefully

  • Brainstorm alternative words for each word in the sentence / List

  • Create a new sentence using some words from the alternative list.

  • Compare original sentence and new sentence

  1. Connecting Words (Resource Book Pg 33)

  • Scan the first few pages of texts to find “connecting” words- for example, and, but, when

  • Write each word on a card and display

  • Use sentences to give children opportunity to see the words in use, for example, “Complete the following…..”

  • I went to the hospital……….. and/but/because

  1. Pass-it-on (FS Resource Book Pg 32)

  • Sitting in small groups, children each write first sentence of story- set the scene and name two characters (one male & one female)

  • Children then fold back the section on which they have written so that it cannot be seen and pass the paper to the next person who writes a sentence beginning with “Suddenly”

  • Repeat the procedure- folding, passing and adding sentences.

She said….. After that….. In the end...
  • Group then unfolds paper and read narrative to group!


  1. Building Character Profiles

  • Children receive a picture of a character and build a simple profile based on a number of characteristics (I look like, I wear etc)

  • More complicated characteristics for more senior children (Aspirations etc)

  • Can develop it to focus just on one feature (eg. Eyes:colour, shape, look)

  1. Innovate a story/Change the form

  • To a comic, letter, rap, hororscope)

  • Brainstorm language and structure of chosen form

  • Change our story to fit the new form

  1. Role on the wall

  • A picture of a person is drawn on a flip chart sheet

  • What the character thinks of himself/herself is recorded inside the body

  • What others think of the character is recorded outside the body

  1. Story Map (DC Pg 44)

  • After reading a story with children, draw a map that shows the setting and captures the events that happened in the story

  1. Take a Chance (DC Pg 62)

  • Three sets of cards – One set has characters, one set has settings, and one set has events/problems/complications.
  • In pairs children chose three cards and, using their narrative writing framework (previously ‘discovered’ with the teachers) the children compose and their story


  • Children then retell the story orally

  1. Talking Dice

  • Split the class into small groups.

  • Each pupil has one die and the pupils are to collectively create a story

  • Each throws their die in turn making their story as they go around the group

  • These are then presented to the class orally and can form the basis of a written exercise






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