Explain the role of the narrator, the author, and the characters. The author writes the story, the narrator tells the story, and the characters act it out. Next, students will read the passages and identify who the narrator is. After this, tell students that the narrator is sometimes also a character in the story, participating in the action and interacting with the other characters. Use the spinner to land on an action, then have students orally share a quick story in which the narrator does that activity with another character. Then read an excerpt from “The Box-Car Children” by Gertrude Warner and identify the narrator’s role in the story.