6th Grade Pre-AP ELA

The Ingredients for the First Six Weeks

TEKS 6.16: Students write about their own experiences.

Students are expected to write a personal narrative that has a clearly defined focus and communicates the importance of or reasons for actions and/or consequences.

TEKS 6.14: Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text.

Appetizers: Pre-Writing Activities

Choose from the tasks below.

Pre-writing is an essential step of the writing process. Writers use many different strategies when pre-writing; some writers use a couple of favorite strategies all the time and other writers use many different strategies depending on the type of writing they are doing.

Student writers need practice with many strategies to find out what best fits their personal writing style. The pre-writing tasks below are all great for personal narrative writing.

Each task that you complete is worth 10 points.

Task #1 Old Black Fly

  • Read Old Black Fly, an alphabet book by Jim Aylesworth.
  • Create an illustrated Writer's Notebook page.


  • Click here for directions and an example.

Task #2 Blueprint

Detailed settings with plenty of sensory details are important for interesting narrative stories. Students writing narratives about themselves often find themselves describing events that took place at their home. Identifying those specific details about the places of your memories can also serve as a launching pad for more writing ideas.


Click here for directions and an example.

Task #3 Comic Strip

· Choose a topic for a personal narrative.

· Create a comic-strip for your story that can serve as a pre-write for a future assignment.


  • Click here for Narrative Planning Sheet