Explode the Moment
In this activity, students use a paragraph story to practice “exploding the moment” by adding details and dialogue.
Students work on enhancing basic dialogue and using quotation marks correctly by taking a basic script and converting it into regular story.
Students gather ideas about stories in their lives that they could write about for this assignment.
Personal Narrative Assignment
This is the full assignment that I give to students at the beginning of the unit.
Personal Narrative Rubric
This rubric is loosely based on the Six Traits.
Students focus on making comments for global revisions to others’ work.
Students comment and edit others’ work.
Rewrite Assignment and Rubric
After students get their papers back from me, I assign this to help them revise their piece one last time. This helps them work through the comments that they received, not just read and dismiss them.