This 2-page PDF document is a personal narrative assessment activity with step-by-step directions to be implemented in any ELA course; the writing is set up in paragraph format but is easily adaptable for a five-paragraph (or other!) essay length.
In this "Lost!" personal narrative writing assessment, you'll get:
a.) A warm-up/lead-in cross-text connection with the 2008 Coldplay hit "Lost!" to open the conversation with students about 1. who they are, and 2. who they wish to be, as well as 3. how they feel they sometimes "don't fit in."
b.) Clear and complete step-by-step assignment directions through the writing process
c.) Examples correlating with directions provided for students to clarify what is being asked of them and to help generate thought
d.) Brainstorming/Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing/Proof-reading, and Final Drafting stage-specific instructions of "look for's"
e.) Focus on topic sentence and clincher/concluding sentence writing, along with S+V agreement/complete sentence focus
f.) Graphics, borders, and suggested graphic organizer (cluster diagram) ideas presented in a neat, detailed, user-friendly manner!
This personal narrative assignment is not only detailed and specific, but may be adapted in any secondary level (or post-high school!) English/Language Arts course to help students meet the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading and Writing, as well as Speaking/Listening should you choose to invite students to present these in an informal, round-robin small group manner or a whole group, more formal presentational manner. This would pair well with my items on Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" personal narrative piece in my store.
As this is a set of detailed essay directions, you are inviting students into the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (eg. moving beyond application to analysis, evaluation, and synthesis in composing original writing about themselves); you're also inviting students to develop 21st Century Skills (Common Core Standards), in the areas of communication and media literacy.
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