The unit includes a COMPLETE UNIT PLAN for 6th grade Personal Narrative Writing: resources, mentor text links, essential questions and enduring understandings as well as a COMPLETE PACING CALENDAR filled with Teaching Points and more!
Rooted in the Teachers College Narrative Writing Unit for 6th grade, this unit was created using the principals of Understanding by Design (or, backwards design).
SUMMARY OF THE UNIT:
This Personal Narrative Writing Unit is designed to be the first unit of the school year in 6th grade. It develops foundational habits of mind, a process approach to writing, and reading like a writer. Students will personalize writer’s notebooks maintain them through participation in writer’s workshops that will hone writing through detailed instruction, explanation, examples, student models and activities. Using important aspects of language, narration and storytelling, the students will learn the academic and social importance of the personal narrative using the writer’s notebook. Students create personal narratives demonstrating a skillful use of settings, characters, point of view and conflict that applies to impactful everyday moments or experiences of the writer. The narratives will be revised and edited through peer discussions and sharing times for meaning and clarity. Students will conclude that personal narratives are powerful opportunities for students to engage readers and share various perspectives and experiences.
The first 7 days will be spent teaching and exploring two major ideas for writing workshop: the habit of moving through the writing cycle, first in a notebook, then through drafts and revisions, and the understanding that storytelling is different from writing a summary.