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Thank You, Ma'am Narrative Writing Mini-Unit for Grades 7-10

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Formats Included
  • Google Drive™ folder
36 pages
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Wondering what to do for Thanksgiving in the middle school and high school ELA classroom? Thank You Narratives is the perfect mini unit that gives students the opportunity to show gratitude to people who have made an impact on their lives. Students read the mentor text "Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes. After a close read and careful analysis, they brainstorm their own Thank You Narrative using the provided brainstorming slides and plot line. Students draft their narratives, then use the provided rubric to revise and peer conference. This study ends with a virtual gallery walk and sharing of Thank You Narratives!

This Narrative Mini-Unit includes:

  • Step by step lesson plans
  • Answer key
  • Rubric
  • 15 student slides that can be shared easily through Google Classroom
  • Links to the story and audio of "Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes

Need more standards-based lessons for the hybrid, remote, or in-person classroom? Check out this Independent Reading Digital Choice Board or this Interactive Grammar Notebook for Google Slides.

Total Pages
36 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.


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