×
Grades 4–6
1 Session, 60 Minutes
Narrative

The Human Comic Strip

by Bryan Wilson, Educator Leader, Bureau of Fearless Ideas

Bryan Wilson is a writer/educator in Seattle. He is a Program Manager at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, and serves on the board of Seattle City of Literature, part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

What Your Students Will Learn

Students will revise a scene from a first draft by slowing it down into frames or “comic panels” that they will have to work collaboratively to embody for an audience. The audience will help to add descriptive details to the scene to support their fellow author to make revisions.

Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.A
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.B
Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.C
Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.D
Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.5
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 up to and including grade 4 here.)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.A
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.B
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.C
Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.D
Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.5
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.A
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.B
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.C
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.D
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
What Your Students Will Produce

See more Writings at this level

Grades 6–8
State Your Claim: Argumentative Writing

by Alana Herron, 826 Digital Educator Leader

Informational
Media
Persuasive

Students will craft an argument about a controversial topic they hold a personal connection to and record their argument to persuade their audience.

Grades 2–4
Representation, Self-Advocacy, & Marley Dias

by Ashley Houston-King, 826 Digital Educator Leader

Informational

Students will learn about representation, self-advocacy, and the work of Marley Dias before writing about this young advocate.

Grades 6–8
Authentic Dialogue

by Leah Tribbett, 826 Digital Educator Leader

Narrative

In this lesson, students tackle the art of writing authentic dialogue that reveals information about the characters, plot, and conflict.

Grades 3–5
The Writer’s Notebook

by Kathy Seipp, 826 Digital Educator

Memoir

Invite students to write freely with this lesson that includes directions for students to set up a writer's journal and favorite journal prompts.

Grades 3–5
Writing Alternate Worlds

by Andrea Nelson, 826DC and 826 Digital Educator Leader

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

In this Spark, students will develop a setting that captures the environment of an alternate world.

Grades 3–5
Make a Change: Formal and Informal Campaigns

by Rebecca Glaser, 826 Digital Educator Leader

Persuasive

Students will use formal and informal writing to take on an issue in their community and convince others to take action.