Exploring Narrative Writing Project-Based Learning Unit

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A Comprehensive Narrative Writing Lesson Plan and Conflict Resolution Project

Build background knowledge of conflict in a story, create a narrative comic strip that demonstrates interpersonal conflict, develop a story map that has a clear conflict and resolution, learn to use sequencing to organize elements in a narrative story, learn 4 social-emotional tools for conflict resolution, and synthesize that knowledge by writing, proofing, peer-editing, and publishing a piece of narrative writing!

Your students will learn and apply techniques for writing narrative stories and conflict resolution in this project-based learning unit for grades 2-4 language arts. They'll learn all about conflict in a story, use writing prompts and sequencing techniques to generate and organize story elements, develop the outline for personal narrative that deals with resolution of interpersonal conflict, and write, self-assess, peer-edit, proofread, and publish their stories.

What's Inside

Packed with hands-on inquiry-based activities, extensions and enhancements, cross-curricular independent and group work, and engaging and interactive challenges, this 52-page project-based unit comes complete with:

  • For the Teacher: A complete Narrative Writing Lesson Plan with step-by-step instructions for all activities, teaching tips, assessment guidance, and inquiry questions.
  • For Students: A full-color Student Pack complete with all of the printables, slides, photos, and instructions students need for the research, experiments and activities - just print (or share) and teach!

A complete, ready-to-teach Teacher Pack that includes:

  1. Teacher versions of all the student printables with step-by-step annotations and notes for teaching narrative writing, sequencing, and conflict resolution;
  2. Formative and summative assessments, answer keys, and a full project rubric;
  3. Instructions and guidance for the extension activities and project enhancements;
  4. Materials and resources lists, links to articles, videos, and research, plus additional resources for lecture and presentation.

What's Included

Lesson Plan - Step-by-Step Project Guide

  • Milestone 1: What is Conflict?
  • Milestone 2: Resolving Conflicts
  • Milestone 3: Sequencing Events
  • Milestone 4: Writing Narrative Stories
  • Milestone 5: Publishing Narrative Stories 

Teacher and Student Resources

  • Materials List for Projects in this Unit
  • Books About Conflict (optional)
  • Finding Conflict Reading and Reflection Activity
  • What is Conflict? Activity and Answer Key
  • Creating a Comic Strip Activity
  • Milestone #1 Inquiry Question Writing Prompt
  • Writing a Skit Activity
  • Resolving Conflicts Writing Prompt
  • Narrative Planning Organizer
  • Picture the Order Sequencing Activity
  • Milestone #2 Inquiry Question Writing Prompt
  • Mixed-Up Sentences Activity
  • Sentence Scramble Activity Handout
  • Building a Paragraph Activity and Answer Key
  • Plot Elements Activity and Answer Key
  • Narrative Story Elements Activity
  • Milestone #3 Inquiry Question Writing Prompt
  • Narrative Writing Quick Quiz and Answer Key
  • Roleplay: Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict Resolutions Skills Activity and Answer Key
  • Milestone #4 Inquiry Question Writing Prompt
  • Narrative Checklist and Partner Feedback Sheet
  • Milestone #5 Inquiry Question Writing Prompt
  • Narrative Writing Summative Assessment and Answer Key
  • Narrative Writing Project Rubric 
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Lesson Plan - Exploring Narrative Writing Project-Based Learning Lesson
Teacher Pack - Exploring Narrative Writing Project-Based Learning Lesson
Student Pack - Exploring Narrative Writing Project-Based Learning Lesson


This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a language arts lesson or unit on narrative writing. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.


In the course of this project-based learning unit, students will:

  • Build background knowledge about narrative writing and conflict in a story;
  • Explore interpersonal conflicts in narrative writing and create a short comic strip about an interpersonal conflict;
  • Develop a story map that has a clear conflict and resolution, and use sequencing to organize the story elements;
  • Learn 4 social-emotional tools for conflict resolution and apply them to their story maps;
  • "Show what they know" by writing, self-assessing, peer-editing, proofreading, and publishing their narrative stories.


Students will acquire necessary background knowledge of narrative writing and conflict resolution as part of this project, and instructional materials for providing that background are included in the Teacher Pack. 


This project-based unit is divided into 5 milestones. The minimum suggested duration for completing this project-based unit is 5 class periods. However, the unit is completely flexible can be lengthened or shortened as necessary or desired, based on available class time and interest level.


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These activities support the following CCSS curriculum standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL 2.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1A
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