My students love the opportunity narrative writing gives them. This is truly to time where they may develop their creative writing skills. We discuss the difference between personal narratives and narratives. They create true and fictional pieces. We also build in lots of share time at the end of each writing day.
Ideas are often the most difficult place for students to be. They may sit for the entire writing time with a blank paper in front of them if you let them. I have found conferences are crucial for those students during the ideas phase. We spend many days in the beginning of the year developing idea lists in our writers journals. We also add to the ideas throughout the school year.
Planning and Drafting: