Storytelling: Conflicts and Resolutions

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30-40 min.

Topic: Narrative Writing (Story Sequence)

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

Objective: Narration

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3

Standards:

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

Brief Description: Students will hone their story sequence skills while creating a narrative comic. 

Know Before You Start: It helps if students understand that fictional narratives often have a conflict and a resolution. 

Storytelling: Conflicts and Resolutions - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Storytelling: Conflicts and Resolutions - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Storytelling: Conflicts and Resolutions - Exemplar comic, panel 3

Hook:

  • Read and discuss the sample comic focusing on the story sequence.  What was the purpose of the first three panels? What was the conflict? How was it resolved at the end? 
  • Explain how many narratives have a clear sequence of events that includes an exposition, conflict, and resolution.

Activity: Have students create a comic describing an experience they've had. The comic should include an exposition, a conflict, and a resolution at the end. 

Closure: Share and discuss student comics focusing on the sequence of events. 

Differentiation:

  • Provide a list of transition words
  • Utilize sentence frames as needed
  • Provide a story map for students to organize their narratives  

Resources: Example comic to print or display: Comic 1.