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Grade 4 Writing - Organization

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A narrative should begin with a situation or setting. The author should introduce the narrator or characters in a natural way. This can be done through action or dialogue. Then the events in the narrative should unfold in a sequential order. In this quiz, the students will choose the best ways to begin a narrative as well as answer questions about the sequence of events.

If the narrator in a narrative is in the first person, what details should be included at the beginning of the narrative?
The narrator's looks only
The narrator's feelings, thoughts, words and actions
The narrator's words and actions
The narrator's actions only
Since this narrative would be written in the first person point of view, everything is known about the narrator
Which of the following should be included in the beginning of a narrative?
The main problem at its worst
A description of the setting
The resolution of the problem
The main events
The setting should be described while the story is getting started
Which is the best beginning of a story where the setting is introduced?
The sky grew dark and our picnic was ruined
Angry dark clouds drifted over our well-planned picnic
A storm was coming and my family was sad that our picnic would be over
This afternoon, we didn't know that it was going to rain on our picnic, but it did
This beginning establishes the setting using adjectives and action verbs
What is the best way to orient the reader at the beginning of a story?
Show descriptions through events that are happening
Tell the reader about each character
Tell the reader about the setting using adjectives
Explain the reason for the climax
It is best to show and not tell the events and descriptions of a story
What sentence should come next in the sequence of the story?

Moving the channels up and down on the television guide, Paul knew his favorite show was supposed to be on right now. He had waited all week for this show. He racked his brain trying to remember the channel. Nothing was showing up. After ten minutes, Paul put down the remote control. Maybe he remembered the wrong time, he thought.
Paul quickly picked up the remote control from the end table and pressed the on button
Paul turned off the television angrily and researched online when the show was supposed to come on
Each channel would be displayed on the television channel guide
Paul couldn't wait to see the first episode of his favorite television show of the season
The next event to happen would be the event after Paul puts down the remote control
Which is the best beginning of a story where a character is introduced?
Ray quickly ran out of the door with his hair moving in the wind
Ray went out of the front door. He had dark hair and it was moving in the wind
Ray darted out of the front door with his dark hair flying in the wind
Ray is a boy. He has dark hair. He runs out of the front door
Adjectives should be used to describe the character and setting
What sentence should come next in the sequence of the story?

With a red nose, Sally began wiping it with her 15th tissue. Her brown hair clung to her face due to sweating. Sally knew she had a fever and was sick with the flu. Sighing, Sally fell back onto her bed.
Even though she had a busy day planned, Sylvia unhappily went back to sleep
Sylvia woke up sick with a fever and runny nose
When Sylvia fell asleep, she felt fine and was ready for her busy day
In the middle of the night, Sally tossed and turned
A narrative should be told in order, so this would be the next event in the story
Which of the following is the best way to introduce a main character?
Kara is the main character of the story and she is 10 years old
Ten-year old Kara splashes in the community swimming pool on a hot day
Kara is at the community swimming pool and she is only 10 years old
It is a hot day as Kara is in the community swimming pool
Descriptions of characters can be described with the events in the story
Which sentence is a good way to write the event below?
Event: Sylvia falls off her horse.
Sylvia knew the horse was jumpy, but it would eventually bump her onto the ground
Sylvia fell off the horse and onto the ground. She then began crying
When the stallion bucked, Sylvia bobbed up and down before plummeting to the ground
Sylvia was on the horse. It jumped up and down. Sylvia fell down
This sentence is the best descriptive sentence of the event
Which of the following is the best way to introduce a minor character?
Sally has blonde hair and a horse named Roxy. Roxy is a Mustang
With her blonde hair in a braid, Sally mounted her Mustang pony, Roxy
Sally's horse, Roxy, is a Mustang. Sally's blond hair is pulled back into a braid
With her horse, Sally gets on Roxy to ride around the field
The beginning sentences should show the events while describing the characters
Author:  Amy Flanders

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