Telling a Story

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Language Arts, Writing, Writing Process

Grade 3- 5


Students use descriptive and imaginative language to tell a story about a picture.


Discuss with students the structure of a good story. Stress that a good story has a beginning, middle, climax, and end. Read a sample story to the class. Have the class discuss what you read, particularly the structure and components of the story. Ask them what makes the stories good or interesting.
Have students select one of the three Telling a Story pictures about which to write their stories. Have each student study the picture selected and think about the story that is being told, as well as the characters and setting.
If time permits, allow students to read their stories aloud to the class.


  1. Telling a Story pictures (allow each student to select one of the three)
  2. paper
  3. pencils

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