This is a scripted minilesson that will help your students add internal thinking to their stories. This lesson demonstrates that writers alternate between internal thinking and action when they write personal narratives. One way writers get started is by creating an internal timeline to show how weï¿½re thinking and an external timeline to show whatï¿½s happening. (Examples of an internal and an external timeline are in the lesson.)
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What a wonderful idea! You made very "fuzzy" process clear and understandable to even my most concrete learner. The kids had a great time making their own timelines (action and thought) using Kidspiration software.
I am a former fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher who is now a part-time literacy consultant. I have two master's degrees: one in elementary education from Hunter College and one in literacy from Teachers College (Columbia University).