Students write a personal narrative based on a family tradition.
One year a parent volunteer taught a poetry lesson to my students called “My Unusual Thanksgiving.” She had students brainstorm a list of what made their Thanksgiving different from others. She shared how her culturally diverse family celebrated with a mix of traditions.
We guided the students through the writing process to create a list poem. My original poem is on the last page of this packet.
I continued to teach this lesson to my classes, but added a graphic organizer for collecting details from all five senses. I emphasized looking for details that are unique to their family or culture. Some years I have them expand their work to a complete personal narrative.
As my classes have become more diverse, I have opened up this writing prompt to include other family traditions and celebrations.
Included in this packet are a graphic organizer, the poem I wrote as I modelled this lesson, a step by step writing process for this assignment, and a rubric.