We are moving from personal narratives to fiction! During this five week unit, the students explore fiction writing and they draft, revise, and publish their stories. By hearing different kinds of fiction and exploring how authors get ideas and put stories together, the students learn how to integrate elements of character, setting, and plot into their own writing. They explore features of good fiction writing, incuding developing interesting plots, using trasitional words and phrases, and creating endings that bring a story's elements to a close. They learn important skills and conventions pertinent to fiction writing, such as punctuating dialogue, maintaining consistent verb tenses, and using first- and third-person points of view. They cultivate a relaxed and creative attitude toward their writing and continue to be contributing members of the classroom writing community!