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Grades 6-8
6, 7, 8

Photon Education

From Beginning to End, Narrative Writing

Duration time:
60 min.
Programming interface:
Photon BadgePhoton BlocksPhoton Code
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Reference to the core curriculum

Common Core English Standards: 
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.6-8.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

ISTE Student Standards: 
- Empowered Learner 1c: Students actively seek performance feedback from people, including teachers, and from functionalities embedded in digital tools to improve their learning process, and they select technology to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. 
- Creative Communicator 6d: Students publish or present content designed for specific audiences and select platforms that will effectively convey their ideas to those audiences. 
- Global Collaborator 7c: Students determine their role on a team to meet goals, based on their knowledge of technology and content, as well as personal preference.

Class goal:

  • To plan a narrative writing piece.
  • To use narrative elements in telling a story.
  • To demonstrate code Photon to move, use audio recording, and sensors.

Teaching methods:

  • Brainstorming session.

Required items:

  • 1/2/3 Photon Robot(s).
  • Story mapping graphic organizer.



Lesson scenario:

Programming Interface: Photon Draw / Photon Badge / Photon Blocks / Photon Code / MakeCode / Python.



  • Instruct students on the brainstorming and planning processes of writing, and how they relate to the writing process. 
  • Demonstrate how story maps can be used as a tool to track and develop a story.
  • Organize a group brainstorming session to provide story ideas for the narrative activity.    


Lesson Sequence: 

  • The teacher presents the class with a familiar fictional text or accessible picture book. 
  • The teacher reads a portion of the story without showing pictures or including narration, just providing a general description of what is happening. 
  • The teacher asks the students: 

    • “How would you describe what it was like to be told a story with missing elements, such as narration and characters speaking?” 
    • The teacher accepts responses as students volunteer answers.
  • The teacher tells students that they will plan a first “draft” of a narrative story, focusing on the use of narration and dialogue to enhance the story. 
  • The teacher explains that they will code Photon to help “tell” the story. They should code him to move between events and to stop and demonstrate the big parts of the story. 
  • The teacher reminds students that in addition to colors and basic sounds, Photons are capable of recording their voices and reacting to sensors and objects, which can also be used in their story map. 
  • Students plan out their stories using the story map organizer. 
  • Students program Photon to move between major plot points of the story. 
  • When ready, the students run their Photon code as they present their story ideas to their classmates. 
  • At the end of the lesson, ask students to provide feedback to the authors. Ask students to choose a category of revision to provide feedback on (i.e. narrative elements, dialogue, story sequence, etc.) 
    • What did the authors do well in crafting a narrative story? 
    • What recommendations would you make for revisions?

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