Are you an elementary school teacher looking for effective tools to support your students’ narrative writing skills? Look no further! I am excited to share some resources and scaffolding ideas I have been using for years with my ELLs.
In today’s blog post, I am going to share my favorite scaffolding tool — Sentence Frame Paragraph Templates, and some visually engaging Writing Posters. With these, you can provide ELLs with a structured framework and helpful visual aids to enhance their narrative writing abilities.
Narrative Writing Sentence Frame Templates
It’s hard to write, and we all know it’s even harder for English language learners (ELLs). Therefore, years ago, I wrote some sentence frames to help my students write, and this worked very well. After that, I created paragraph templates, and finally the essay template.
As you can see, these templates provide a clear and organized structure for writing a narrative essay, making it easier for students to express their thoughts and ideas. What’s more, the sentence frames provided scaffolding, enabling students to construct well-developed narratives while building their confidence in writing English.
Narrative Writing Posters for Bulletin Boards
Apart from five templates, I also like to use these visually appealing posters to provide extra scaffolding and facilitate my students’ understanding of narrative writing techniques.
Display these posters on your bulletin board to create an immersive learning environment. The sets cover important topics such as Hook/Lead, Show, Don’t Tell, How to Use a Dialogue Tag and Story Elements. These visual cues will help students grasp and apply key concepts, making the writing process more accessible and engaging.
In conclusion, the resource I discussed above is designed to support ELLs’ language development and boost their confidence. By providing a clear structure and visual aids, you can guide your students toward successful narrative writing.
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