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This resource will help your students write the tightening tension in a narrative. Writing lessons scaffold the writing of the exposition, inciting incident, rising action (pebble, rock, boulder).

In addition, the graphic organizers, checklists, integration of technology (QR codes), and writing activities involving a short animated movie will facilitate your students to write with impressive style and technique.

This resource will help your students write the tightening tension in a narrative. Writing lessons scaffold the writing of the exposition, inciting incident, rising action (pebble, rock, boulder).

In addition, the graphic organizers, checklists, integration of technology (QR codes), and writing activities involving a short animated movie will facilitate your students to write the tightening tension with impressive style and technique.

 

⭐ This resource includes both US and British English spellings.

The unit is divided into three sections.

SECTION 1: Scaffolding Structural Components

Items Included

  • Cover Sheet (if compiling pages into a booklet)
  • Sheets that scaffold the writing of the exposition, inciting incident, rising action (pebble, rock, boulder) through a sample text.

Activity

  • Students will respond to 40 questions on the structural components and language devices used in the mentor text.
  • Students will find and highlight evidence in the sample text.
  • They will document responses on the Story Map, Sensory Details, Figurative Language and Writing Techniques organizers.

 

SECTION 2: Summary; Analyzing Structural Components, Sensory Details and Figurative Language

Items Included

  • Sheets featuring 21 questions that analyze the structural components, sensory details, and figurative language used in the sample text
  • Sequencing of events sheet. Cut and glue option included.

Activity

  • Students will answer 21 multiple-choice and written response questions based on the sample text, ‘Water, Water – Everywhere’.
  • This tightening tension activity may also be given as an assessment after completing section 1.
  • Students will sequence the events in order, for an extract, to better understand how events increase in intensity and add to suspense and tension.

 

SECTION 3: Writing the Tightening Tension

Items Included

  • Writing assignment with scenario
  • Writing prompt sheets
  • Story Map
  • Sensory Details, Figurative Language and Writing Techniques organizers.
  • Self-editing and peer-editing checklist

Activity

  • Students will respond to the writing assignment and writing prompts. They will use the story map, Sensory Details, Figurative Language and Writing Techniques organizers to plan their writing.
  • They will use the self-editing checklist and peer-editing checklist to check they have included all components.
  • Students need to be introduced to the different types of figurative language prior to writing a tightening tension scene.

⭐ Teacher Key included for all sections.

 

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