Autobiographical Free Verse Writing Lesson with teacher lesson guide, student samples, organizer, and rubric.
• Such an easy and fun writing assignment. The kids really got into it!
• These are astonishing!
SHOWCASE STUDENT WRITING
This has always been my Go-To Writing lesson to showcase student writing! After all, kids like to talk about themselves! The result: brilliant writing from the heart and more confidence in writing. My students have always been proud to display these during conferences and Open House. Parents go from paper to paper, reading and discussing with other parents! The result: proud parents!
SAMPLE PARAGRAPHS FROM STUDENT WRITING
I am from a dichotomous orange bundle of frenetic motion and
Soft, silken fur, sprawled drowsily across a sunbeam,
Purring with contentment and comforting warmth; only the tail atwitch
My every action stalked by golden topaz eyes that glimmer and shimmer in the dark.
I am from sparkling seas and grainy beaches that make you ponder where such a perfect place could come from, dreaming about the island in your sleep, where the weather is warm, and seeing beaches dazzle just as the morning sun chooses to rise. Where stories and myths are told about how things came to be, making your adrenaline rush with excitement, and tremble with fear, leaning you back to the mystery that you were trying to set aside, letting you discover your true self and heritage.
I am from the semi-spicy taste of a Tombstone four meat pizza, baked so that the cheese on the edge of the crust is just turning to a light brown while the inner cheese is still almost all white, with sauce that burns the roof of my mouth because I am too hungry to wait for it to cool.
I am from the peace and quiet of a steaming hot shower, the kind where I just stand there half asleep with the hot water running down my back until my mom bangs on the door signaling me that I need to get out so I don't miss the school bus.
I am from the black hair and brown eyes that my mythological heritage left me with, with ancestries of Perseus and Hercules, but with also strict raising that has been passed down all these years, where perfection is required as a daily part of life. Where curls are normal, and the chattering of a unique language fills your ears every corner you turn, encouraging you to have the ability to have these words slide off your tongue with ease.
I am from beautiful phrases coming together to form charming songs that sooth the mind, yet make it wonder, with strings and keys and pedals and bows making you tap your feet along. With violins swaying like young trees to the right, and pianists storming their fingers to compliment the thousand note passages written so closely together that they seem to form a black, colossal mess.
six student samples
graphic organizer chart
scoring guide (WORD)
to motivate writers
short lesson and writing project
display during conferences
display for Open House
COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.
Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
Production and Distribution of Writing:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS FROM JOY2YOU
6 + 1 Traits of Writing Student Handbooklet Quick Study With Ancillaries
THE WRITING PROCESS - Animated PowerPoint, 8-Page Booklet and Notes Pages
EMOJI WRITING STRIPS 42 Weeks of Writing Prompts for Rebus Stories
Humorous Creative Narrative Writing Card Decks for Writing Stories
NOUNS PowerPoint and Flip-book Comprehensive and Motivating Unit!
101 PROMPTS for making LISTS in 60 seconds
101 PROVERBS and PITHY SAYINGS
WOULD YOU RATHER 212 Thought-Provoking Icebreakers and Discussion Cards
42 Word Play Activity Bursts
Back to School - Student Academic and Personal Interest Surveys
CONFERENCES - forms for students to evaluate their performance and set goals
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Keywords: poetry, free verse, memoir writing, autobiographical writing, ELA, creative writing, imagery, descriptive writing, word choice.