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    Narrative Planner
    By Jennie

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    I use a planner called "C-SPACE" to help my third graders learn the components of a good story. Our state has third graders focus on writing personal or imaginative narratives. I have found this planner to be wonderful in helping students ensure they have all the proper parts of a story.
    C stands for characters. I encourage them to limit their characters to 3. Makes for less confusion! S stands for setting. Where and when! P stands for prompt. You can rephrase to mean main idea. What is the story all about? A stands for action. I tell my kids this is the "meat" of the story, the middle, where lots of exciting things happen. C stands for conclusion. The last important event of the story that wraps everything up. Finally, E stands for elaboration. How did you feel about what happened? I encourage them to use strong feeling statements.
    Hope this helps! Please e-mail if you have any further questions!

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