This narrative writing unit includes writing ideas, prompts, exercises, and lesson plans that work for six days of packed classes. After the unit is over, you will see a noted improvement in your students' essays.
Students love these lessons because they are practical, simple, and effective. You will love them because they are ready to go and because they work. Your students will be engaged and excited to see improvements in their writing.
Additionally, by examining published essays, completing exercises, and participating in class discussions, your students will they will have an understanding of the elements of a successful personal essay.
If you prefer to have students write in class, because they have other work for homework or you would rather not assign homework, you could insert two to three writing workshop days after day one and one after each of the other days making a thirteen day unit.
Table of Contents
--Unit Overview and Schedule
--Day One: What is a Personal Essay?
--Questions for Discussion
--Day Two: Stories, Structure, and Show Don’t Tell
--Day Three: What’s the Point?
--Day Four: Peer Conferences
--Peer Conference Handout
--Day Five: The Special Sentence and Sample Student Essays
--Sentences for Modeling Handout
--Sample Student Essay #1
--Sample Student Essay #2
--Personal Essay Rubric
The published sample essays are not included in this packet because of copyright reasons.
Texts covered in this resource include the following. (Copies of some are not included because of copyright laws.)
"Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan
“My Father Smokes” by Alice Walker
“The Inheritance of Tools” by Scott Russell Sanders
“Us and Them” by David Sedaris