3 Genres of Writing: Narrative, Creative Writing and Poetry

We have finally settled into another school year! Give yourself a pat on the back!

Now that our routines are a bit more established, we can really dive in and start incorporating different genres of writing into our classrooms!

Read below to find out how you can stay supported with Narrative Writing, Creative Writing and Poetry!


Narrative Writing Mini-Lesson: Narrow Focus

by Elementary Writing Coach

A HUGE mistake I see many Elementary writers make is trying to write a story about a topic that’s too broad. Instead of focusing on a small slice or seed of the story, they try to cover EVERYTHING that happened from when they woke up to when they went to bed. Here is a mini-lesson that will help your students narrow their focus to a specific event.>>>READ MORE<<<

4 Activities to Support Creative Writing

by Miss P’s Style

In the beginning of the year, my number one goal is to make students feel comfortable when it comes to writing. During writer’s workshop, my lessons are structured and connect to narrative or expository writing elements. In that time, I do not deviate from the standards I am responsible for teaching. Here’s where my conflict arises: I want my young writers to experience writing in a fun, free, engaging and enjoyable way; I want them to let loose, relax, smile, and laugh! I will describe four activities I keep readily available for my students that tap into their creative side. Before I share 4 activities that I use in my classroom...>>>READ MORE<<<

3 Reasons Why I Teach Poetry Writing All Year Long

by Think Grow Giggle

When it comes to writing instruction in my classroom, each writing genre is taught in different units throughout the year. We always start the year with a narrative writing unit and move along to expository, opinion and persuasive writing units. Before long, we are out of time and the forgotten writing genre of poetry is either squeezed in during National Poetry Month in April or just not taught at all. I love poetry. I love reading and writing poetry in the classroom, I love watching students smile and giggle at a funny verse, and I love the excitement in their eyes when it is time to write a different type of poem each month. Although writing instruction is taught in units that can stretch across months, for a few days each month I pause the current writing unit instruction and we enjoy poetry writing activities.>>>READ MORE<<<

I hope you find these ideas useful when planning to teach narrative writing, creative writing and poetry!

Tell us... What is your favorite genre of writing to teach?

Happy Writing!


If you are setting up your Writer’s Workshop, don’t miss these posts:

Get Started With Writing Warm-Ups

Interactive Writing Notebook Reference Sections

Writing Engaging Leads for Narrative Writing

About the Author:

Megan is a collaborative blogger on TeachWriting.org.

Megan has lived all over the world due to military parents and has no hometown!  She attended University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees in Early Childhood Education.  Megan furthered her education by achieving her Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading, Literacy and Assessment.  She started her teaching career in 2006 and has taught kindergarten, second and fourth grade before securing a role as a literacy specialist on her elementary school campus. She loves working with students (Kindergarten-5th grade), coaching teachers in reading/writing instruction and servicing students with dyslexia. Literacy is embedded into all subjects and areas of life and it's her goal to make reading/writing engaging, interactive and enjoyable!  In her free time, you will find her journaling, creating curriculum or traveling to another state or country!