Lesson Plan

Write Me a Story

We all love to tell stories, but a good story is clearly organized. In this lesson students will learn how to use transition words and strong endings when writing narratives.
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In this lesson plan, Write Me a Story, kindergarteners and first graders learn how using transition words and writing a strong ending to their narratives can make a big impact on their story writing. First, budding writers will be guided through the process of recounting their day using transition words like “first,” “next,” “then,” and “finally” to help give order to their story. Then, they will practice coming up with interesting endings to their stories. Finally, learners will apply what they’ve learned about the writing process by drafting a personal narrative describing what they did after school.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to recognize and use transition words.

Students will be able to write strong endings to their narratives.


(5 minutes)
After School StoryTrace the Transitions… Then End Strong!Strong Endings
  • Ask students to tell you about what has happened since they entered the classroom (depending on the time of the lesson, this could be since they entered the classroom in the morning, after recess, or after lunch).
  • As they tell you each step, write their responses on the board. Prompt them to use transition words like, first, next, then, after, and finally.