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Common Core Narrative Writing

Grades K–High School

Annotated samples of real student work from around the country.

This Common Core instructional resource helps educators and students develop a clearer understanding of effective writing as described in the Standards and provides examples of writing integrated within the curriculum. This section focuses on CCSS.W.3: "Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences."


Grades 6-12 On-Demand Writing

Common Core writing samples showing student responses to the same prompt across grade levels. Prompts and source texts included.

Brief User Guide for On-Demand Narrative Writing

Defines On-Demand writing and explains how these samples were collected and organized. 1-pg doc.

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Grades 6-12, Prompt for Narrative Writing

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Grade 6 Sample, Black Mountains of Dust

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Grade 7 Sample, Dust Storm

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Grade 8 Sample, Daydreams of A Migrant Mother

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Grades 9-10 Sample, The Day The Tractor Came

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Grades 11-12 Sample, Better Than the Sunset

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Grade K, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

Buster and Socks

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Buster and Socks (Original Student Work)

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Ice Cream

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Ice Cream (Original Student Work)

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The Little Volcano

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grade 1, Range of Writing

Exmples of long and short, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

The Lonely Horse

Range of Writing, Narrative

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When Our Key was Locked in the Car

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grade 3, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

My Lost Kittens

Range of Writing, Narrative

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The Family Who Traveled West

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grade 4, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

Finding Rosalita

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grade 5, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

Frustration

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Tooth Trouble

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grade 6, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

Great Saltwater

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grade 7, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

The Boy

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grade 8, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative

Black and White Photo

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Deadly Ink

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grades 9-10, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

Walking the Dog

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Grades 11-12, Range of Writing

Examples of short and long, curriculum-based pieces. See Brief User Guide for Range of Writing, Narrative.

All the Roads to Kansas

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Playing Me

Range of Writing, Narrative

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Contains all of the document in this section combined in one, printable PDF.

Collection of all Narrative Writing Samples, K-12

Includes all samples below in a single, printable document. 179-pg PDF.

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