For the past two years, I have been using Ingrid Ricks' memoir Hippie Boy: A Girl's story (a New York Times Bestseller) as part of a narrative writing unit in my high school English classes.
Because students connect so strongly with Ingrid's story of power struggles, poverty and the need to escape, they are inspired to write their own narrative scenes. This guide helps them identify the narrative techniques used in Hippie Boy in order to apply them to their own writing.
For more information about our program and our two student books, We Are Absolutely Not Okay and You've Got It All Wrong, please visit our website: http://weareabsolutelynotokay.org/. We are teachers with "Hopeful Imaginations" for what our students can do, and we hope that other educators will join us in empowering students to write and share their personal stories - it is the most rewarding work of our collective careers!
This guide can be used as a five-week narrative writing unit plan in the classroom or as an independent guide for an outside reading or writing credit. Our curriculum adheres to the Common Core State Standards for Narrative Writing.
Our Teaching Guide Includes:
Narrative writing lesson plans (one lesson for each letter in the mnemonic SCEDS (Setting, Character, Emotion, Dialogue, and Sensory Details sprinkled through it all)
Graphic organizers for scene construction and narrative techniques
Techniques to help students identify their stories
A link to the Common Core State Standards Narrative Writing Rubric