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ELA Grade 3 Unit 1: Personal Narratives

Summary Statement:  Students will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Focus Standards 

W.3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

W.3.3.a Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

W.3.3.b Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.

W.3.3.c Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.

W.3.3.d Provide a sense of closure.

W.3.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3)

SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

L.3.1.b Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.

L.3.1.d Form and use regular and irregular verbs.

L.3.2.c Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

L.3.2.e Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).

L.3.2.g Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

L.3.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar usage when writing or speaking.  

L.3.1.a Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.

L.3.1.c Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).

L.3.1.h Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

L.3.1.i Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

L.3.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

L.3.2.c Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

L.3.5.c Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).

Content-Specific Vocabulary: 

characters

closure 

descriptive details

dialogue

effective techniques

events

event sequence

experiences

narrator

real or imagined experiences

recall

situation

technique

temporal words or phrases