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Grade 3 Writing - Narration and Sequence
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Grade 3 Writing - Narration and Sequence

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Third graders should begin to organize their short stories. This level expects a student's writing to flow better from beginning to end. They should begin their stories with a situation and naturally introduce the characters. This requires practice. In this quiz, the students will answer questions about formatting their short stories correctly.

How should you begin a narrative?
With the main problem.
With the solution to the problem.
With a situation.
With the conflict.
A narrative should begin with a situation where the setting is established.
What should also be included at the beginning of a narrative?
The words that a character says.
The feelings the main character has toward the other characters.
The background of the characters.
The conflict the characters have with each other.
The background of the characters should be detailed at the beginning of the story.
Which of the following is the best beginning of a story?
There was a lot of thunder and lightning in the sky tonight.
Trevor's mom walked into his messy room.
Trevor yelled at his mom, "I don't want to clean my room."
Thunder sounded as 5-year-old Trevor trembled under his sheets.
The best story starter will establish the setting first.
Which of the following best introduces the main character by showing and not telling?
As Sally walked into Smith Middle School, she looked around for her friend.
Sally is a student at Smith Middle School.
Sally is the main character in my story and she goes to Smith Middle School.
Sally is 11 years old, and she goes to school.
This sentence best shows the main character's actions while introducing the main character.
Which of the following best introduces the main character by showing and not telling?
Mary is at the mall. Her friend is at the mall too. Her friend is Susie.
Mary runs into the mall because she is late meeting her impatient friend, Susie.
The mall has a lot of people in it including Mary and Susie.
Mary and Susie are at the mall right now.
The best sentence will show and not tell by explaining what the characters are doing while introducing them.
How should the events be organized in a short story?
All the events from one character should be written first before writing about another character.
In order of importance.
In sequential order.
In a cause/effect way.
The best way for a story to unfold is in sequential order.
Read the event in the story below.
Karen hid behind the door. Her brother was coming up.
What should happen next?
Karen is the older sister who likes to scare people.
Karen thought about hiding behind this door.
Karen jumps out from behind the door scaring her brother.
Karen heard her brother walking down the hallway.
This event should be followed by an event that would happen next.
Read the event in the story below.
A loud sound came from the next cage at the zoo. Jeremy crept around the corner.
What should happen next?
Lions are kept in big cages.
Jeremy saw the big lion let out another roar.
The birds were in another cage at the far end of the zoo.
Jeremy wanted to go to the zoo to see all the animals.
This event would be the next event that would happen.
Read the event in the story below.
I pushed the blinds up covering the window and a masked man stared back at me.
What should happen next?
I screamed loudly and ran away from the window.
The masked man walked up to the window.
I wondered what the masked man was thinking.
I grabbed the cord for the blinds.
The most natural reaction would be for the narrator to scream.
Who is the narrator in a story?
The person telling the story.
A minor character.
The parent in the story.
The character causing the problem in the story.
The narrator tells the story.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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