Do you need powerful activities to help your students understand the importance of failure?
Writing about our painfully embarrassing memories, our biggest flops, or our most tragic failures is not always fun—but it does make for great essays and even better learning experiences. Some of my favorite published essays and student essays are included in this resource—and they all about failures of one kind or another!
If you really want your students to internalize the concepts of growth mindset, you need to get them reflecting on their own lives. The lessons included here will teach your classes how to write effective personal essays, and they will also get them to reframe the way that they view failure in their own lives.
When you teach narrative essays and growth mindset with this resource you will:
• conquer your students’ fear of writing by scaffolding the assignment with low-key steps
• engage your classes with an eye-opening TED Talk on the importance of making mistakes
• quickly and easily grade process and the final essays with the included process checklist and rubric
• discover how easy it is to teach writing workshop by following the proven tips and suggestions included here
• see a noted improvement in your students’ writing when they complete the time-tested lessons
• challenge your classes to reframe the way that they view mistakes, failure, and being wrong
• instill a growth mindset in your students when they examine why failure is key to learning
• fulfill common core requirements while having fun
• have everything you need for a complete narrative writing unit
Texts included in this resource:
“On Being Wrong,” a TED Talk by Kathryn Schulz
“Fish Cheeks,” an essay by Amy Tan
“Finishing School,” an essay by Maya Angelou
“Us and Them,” an essay by David Sedaris
“My Daughter Smokes,” an essay by Alice Walker
Challenge your students to become more resilient learners who are not afraid to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from their failures by getting them to change the way they view their lives.