Lesson Plan

Teaching Narrative Using Wordless Picture Books

Practice narrative writing through images by creating a wordless picture book.
Caitlin M.
Academic Technology Specialist
Harpeth Hall School
Nashville, TN
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages
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Students will be able to...

  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3)
  • Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.A)
  • Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.B)
  • Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.E)
English Language Arts
Grades 3 - 6
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1 Teacher Preparation

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2 Hook

Activity: Reading

Read “Flotsam” by David Wiesner. Ask students what they thought happened in the book. Ask what they thought of each image and how it added to the narrative.

3 Direct Instruction

Book Creator

Explain that students will create a narrative wordless picture book using the Book Creator app. Introduce the app by creating a sample page as a whole class. Have students time to create their own sample page, if time allows.

4 Planning

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Students use Google Drive to collect images (Google Drive folder) and a Google Doc to plan.

5 Independent Work

Book Creator

Students work in pairs and/or small groups using the Book Creator app to create a wordless picture book.

6 Conclusion

Book Creator

Students share completed books in class. This can be done through the app or by projecting the book.