This unit follows a two week plan that explores the genre of creative nonfiction and personal narrative, through readings, discussion and writing assignments. It culminates with students writing their own personal narrative. Although it is set up to follow a two week schedule it can easily be augmented with additional readings and class activities.
The unit provides lecture notes, prompts and activities. Daily lessons center around elements of writing: tone, point of view, sensory detail, imagery, writing dialogue and sensory detail. These elements are best explored during one or two class periods and reviewed before moving on to the next topic. In-class writing prompts are designed to spark discussion and can be used as individual exercises or group activities. Homework assignments include readings in creative nonfiction. Most of these readings are included in this packet or can be obtained online in the case of David Sedaris' work from you will have to purchase the book to access the excerpt.
This unit culminates with students writing their own personal narrative. The process of drafting, writing and critiquing the work can take a week or more. In the end students are asked to share their works aloud with the class (in small groups or in one large group) at which time students complete the Peer Critique worksheet.