This activity provides a scaffolded, 5 week plan for a narrative writing unit that pairs with Tim O'Brien's novel, The Things they Carried.
Once a week, either in class or at home as homework, students will journal, informally, each of the narrative writing journals provided. These informal writing assignments pair with themes and events from the novel, and allow students to get experience writing about themselves and using narrative techniques. Students should write for 25-30 minutes for each of the prompts provided.
Once your unit on "Things They Carried" is completed, students will take one of their 5 informal journals and revise, rewrite, and rework it to create a formal, full length narrative essay. I have included a checklist for this essay assignment on page 6.