This lesson includes a model text as well as some activities that can lead to great discussion. It incorporates both reading and writing. It also asks students to review key elements of Personal Narrative and provides them the opportunity to mimic some of those great sentences.
The guiding question of this lesson is: What makes this excerpt a great Personal Narrative and how can I make my writing look more like this?
- An excerpt from "A Summer Life" by Gary Soto (Also known as "The Pie")
-Scavenger Hunt (Asks students to review Personal Narrative Qualities)
-Copy Cat Sentences (Opportunity for sentence mimicking)
"A Summer Life" by Gary Soto. This is used to review adjectives and verbs, which are important when creating sensory details, imagery, and description in general. There are so many different elements that could be taught using this passage alone including transition sentences, dialogue, parenthetical phrases, figurative language, etc. The sky is the limit. I have found that isolating specific sentences and asking students to revise them is an extremely effective method.
2. SCAVENGER HUNT:
This activity asks students to define the term "adjective," cite adjectives from the passage, review "boring" verbs, and replace those verbs with descriptive verbs. It also asks students to interact with the passage by highlighting description; this is a great opportunity to point out that adjectives aren't the only way to add description.
More importantly, this activity provides the opportunity for students to review the qualities of a STAAR Personal Narrative Essay. Special attention is given to the "Lesson Learned" or "Moral or Consequence."
Some of these qualities include: Realistic, Moral/Consequence, Clearly Defined Focus, First Person P.O.V, Sequential Order, Answers the Prompt, Narrative Structure, etc.
3. COPY CAT SENTENCES: This is an opportunity for students to mimic the excellent writing that they are reading. Once you introduce sentence mimicking in your classroom, then you are free to choose any sentence from any work to teach various skills.
The sentences I chose were intended to review serial commas, parenthetical phrases, and introductory phrases.
Please let me know if you have any questions! :)