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

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Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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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).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.


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