Dinosaur Narrative Writing Activities

Kids love writing about dinosaurs! In this blogpost, you’ll find a narrative writing activity called “Dinosaur Adventure.” There are 3 differentiated draft template options and two final copy options – one with primary lines and one with regular lines.

What Are Narrative Writing Activities?

Narrative writing is a type of writing that tells a story or recounts a series of activities. In this blogpost, kids will write a story about dinosaurs that they make up using their imagination.

What Are the Key Elements of Narrative Writing?

Narrative writing includes a number of key elements that are meant to engage the reader and make the reader want to read the story. These key elements include:

  • characters (who),
  • a setting (where and when),
  • a plot (what happens),
  • a conflict or problem, and 
  • a resolution (how the problem is solved).

Students also include descriptive details to help readers understand the stories they write.

Narrative Writing Activity Objectives

In this writing activity students will:

  • practice their narrative writing skills by writing stories about dinosaurs.
  • work through the writing process by creating a draft of their ideas, editing and revising their stories, and producing a final copy.

Materials For Activity

Here are the files you’ll need for this activity:

Directions For Writing Activity

  1. Provide each student with a draft template of the Dinosaur Adventure writing activity.
  2. Read over the target questions on the top of the draft template.
  3. Students fill in the template with their ideas. 
  4. The template includes an opening and closing sentence.
  5. Provide each student with an editing bookmark.
  6. Students revise and edit their stories using the editing bookmark.
  7. Students write a good copy of their story on the final copy template.
  8. Optional: Teachers can use the writing mechanics rubric and the narrative writing rubric to assess the stories.

Differentiation Ideas

There are a number of ways you can differentiate this activity in your classroom.

  1. Draft Templates: There are 3 different draft templates provided for each of the writing activities. You can provide each student with a copy of the draft template that matches their learning needs. The templates look similar but require students to provide a different number of details in their story.
  2. Editing Bookmarks: There are 4 different editing bookmarks. Like the draft templates, you can provide each student with a copy of the bookmark that matches their learning needs. The bookmarks are similar but include a different number of editing skills.
  3. Partner Writing: Ask the students to complete the Dinosaur Adventure writing activity with a partner. Students can work with their partner to write a draft copy of the story and to edit it. One student can fill in the draft template, each student can fill in their own draft template, or students can complete the draft template of their story together.
  4. Provide Choice: Let students choose from the dinosaur narrative writing activity they want to complete. There are 3 different writing activities in this blogpost – Dinosaur Adventure (above), Archeologist Discovery (below) and Footprint Mystery (below). Each student can choose the activity they want to write about.

What Teachers are Saying About Writing Activities:

❤️ “These were great! Kids were engaged. It help organize their writing.” – Janet L.

❤️ “Fantastic item! Very appropriate and easy to use.” – Melane B.

❤️ “My students loved this resource!” – Samantha W.

❤️ “Wonderful resource for my struggling writers. I teach 4th and 5th grade SpEd and this help immensely, students felt very independent with these.” – Stacey V.

Here are even more Dinosaur Narrative Writing Activities FREEBIES:

Narrative Writing Activities

Editing Bookmarks

Assessments and Rubrics

Narrative Writing FAQs:

1. Why is it important to teach narrative writing to kids?

Teaching narrative writing helps kids in a number of different ways because it: 

  • helps students develop important communication skills as they provide details to their stories so they are understand by others.
  • encourages creativity by having students use their imagination to create entertaining stories and to maintain the interest of their readers.
  • develops the ability to organize their thoughts in a way that makes sense to their readers.
  • fosters empathy as students learn to understand different perspectives through the stories that they write and the stories their classmates write and they read.

2. How can children brainstorm ideas for their stories?

Children can brainstorm ideas by:

  • drawing pictures of their ideas,
  • talking with a partner or in a small group,
  • creating a list of ideas,
  • making a mind map,
  • using target questions and sentence starters,
  • closing their eyes and visualizing their stories, or
  • drawing a series of pictures to represent different parts of their story.

3. How can I help my students structure their narrative writing?

There is a basic structure to narrative writing that you can teach your students. This structure includes:

  • a beginning (introduction) that sets the stage for the story and introduces the characters.
  • a middle that develops the plot and conflict of the story.
  • an end (conclusion) that resolves the conflict and provides closure to the story.

4. What writing skills can I teach to my students to help them when they are writing narratives?

Possible skills you can teach your students include how to:

  • write dialogue using quotation marks and the correct punctuation,
  • put events of a story in order so it makes sense to the reader,
  • add adjectives and other details to make their stories more interesting,
  • develop the characters in the story,
  • edit their stories,
  • revise their stories,
  • provide and use peer feedback,
  • set writing goals, and
  • use the writing process.

Narrative Writing Activities

The Writing Club membership has TONS of narrative writing activities on the following topics:

  • Animals
  • Apples
  • Dinosaurs

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triceratops dinosaur near water to inspire students with their narrative writing about dinosaurs