Friday, January 18, 2013

FRIIIIIIIIIIDAY!!!!!!!!!! {Was that too much excitement?!}

I'm joining Teaching Maddness' linky this week, "Flashback Friday", so here goes! :)

Whew. What. a. week. 

Formal Observation Post-Conference - Check.
District Peer Review Observation - Check.
Meltdown #1 - Check.
Reviewed and analyzed the three textbook sample boxes for the district textbook adoption - Check.
Meltdown #2 - Check.
DIBELS testing - Check.
Ate a bunch of crap and drank too many Diet Cokes - Check.
Pajamas on and chilling out for a lovely three day weekend - Check. 
...OH! and it was PAYDAY!!! Checkbook balanced {Wha-WHAT?!} - Check.

Needless to say, there was lots going on this past week.

And one of the things we finished up was our fictional narrative mini-unit. I actually used the setting part for my formal observation last week {that went well, might I add}, and this week, we continued focusing on developing our character.

The stories have been precious!

I've had a fictional narrative about a "beautiful, shiny unicorn" from the "land of Unitopia". {I know, right?!} My favorite from writing conferences this week has been about a knight that saves a "prinsesse" (also known as a princess!) from - and I do quote- "alligator infested camouflage green waters". Yes, my friends. Camouflage green. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried! :)

The kids have loved digging deep in their brains and their books to pull out such magnificent details and descriptions about their characters and settings as they write their fictional narratives. They have been hysterical and they can't wait until Author's Chair each day to hear each other's stories. Lurve.

Here's a sneak peak into our lessons... {I'm sorry that I don't really have a lot of pictures. We've had observations out the wa-zoooo at our school lately so I snapped a pic here and there}

I used our school's awesome poster maker and clip-art that I had to create this specific graphic organizer for our lesson. Of course in my pack, you can add any character to fit your class' lesson! :)

Click here for the character profile sheet that you see my little muffin working on above!


Check out my Fictional Narrative Resource Pack at my TpT store, where it has all resources you need to introduce how to write a fictional narrative, including 5 suggested mini-lessons! :)

And as always, the first person to leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address will receive this pack fo' free!

Have a happy weekend, friends! :)

Until then,


  1. Great lesson! I'd love a copy!!

    1. Jennifer,

      Thanks for stopping by! :) Check your email! :) Lindsay

  2. AH! Got side tracked cause the dog needed to go out! LOVE the Fictional unit! Adding it to my wish list!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  3. This is great! I am working on this with my ELL's! Thanks so much for the ideas and post! :)

  4. What an awesome unit! Wish I got here sooner to comment. I am adding it to my wish list as well.
    Pennants & Polka Dots

  5. Your unit looks AMAZING! I'm jealous y'all have a poster maker!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  6. Love this unit and all the details your kiddos have added to their stories! There's nothing I love more than reading their creative writings! :) Thanks so much for linking up to share! Enjoy your weekend!

    Teaching Maddeness

  7. I found your blog through the Friday Flashback. I enjoyed reading about your week. I just became your newest follewer. :)

  8. Great unit! Glad I wasn't the only one dealing with melt downs this week! Your blog is adorable :)