Benchmark Assessment (Cold Write).

Benchmark Assessment (Cold Write).

Narrative Writing


Since you began school, you have used your imagination to write many stories. These stories are called "narratives." Today, you will write a narrative so that your teacher can see how much you know about writing a good story.

Write a brief response to this question.

  • What do you already know about narrative writing?

Open Notebook

Share with the class.

Benchmark (Cold Write): Narrative

Work Time

Now you will write your narrative. Remember that a narrative is a story about events, both real and imaginary.

You will have 20 minutes to write your narrative.

  • Write a brief narrative in response to the prompt.

Group Work

Work Time

Look back over the Expectations for Partner and Group Work class chart you came up with in Lesson 4 to describe the norms for group work.

  • Is there anything that you believe should be added, based on your work so far?
  • What should be changed or added for a group that will meet primarily electronically or outside of class?

Character Introduction

Work Time

Throughout this unit, in addition to your character group, you will be a member of a community group that consists of one representative from each character group. You’ll share opinions, debates, and journal entries with your community group members to read and comment on. You will share and discuss with the same group members throughout the unit, though you will not spend much time working together in class.

  • Keeping in mind that you will be writing as your character, compose a character journal entry that introduces your character. Share it with your community group. Be sure to use evidence from the character synopsis you read in the last lesson to justify your response.

Open Notebook

Sharing with your community group will be a big part of your work this unit. Sometimes you will work on an entry in class, and sometimes you will have a specific entry to complete for homework. However, you should also write as you complete reading assignments, adding your character’s commentary on the events and conflicts of each chapter, and responding to other characters’ perspectives.

Character Introductions


Browse through the character introductions and comment on at least one other introduction.

  • What does your character like or dislike about this person?

Personal Journal - Entry #4 and Things Fall Apart


Complete another personal journal entry.

  • Of the characters that you have become acquainted with through the past two lessons, whom do you find the most sympathetic? The least sympathetic? Why? To whom do you relate the most?

Open Notebook

Before the next lesson, read Chapters 1 and 2 of Things Fall Apart .

As you read, look for words that are unfamiliar to you. You will compile a personal glossary , which you will share with the other members of your character group. Throughout the unit, you will be encouraged to use words from your glossary in journal entries and writing assignments. See the Personal Glossary for more details.