Writing Workshop Narratives/Short Stories as Mentor Texts

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Writer's Workshop Narratives/Short Stories as Mentor Texts

In this writing workshop, students will examine the literary elements in short stories and then use these mentor texts as models to brainstorm, draft, and revise their own narratives. The literary elements included in the narrative criteria are: dialogue, blocking, character and setting description, figurative language, interior monologue, and flashback.

The three suggested short stories are "Thank You M'am" by Langston Hughes, "The Jacket" by Gary Soto, and "The Family of Little Feet," an excerpt from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. All three center around the theme of the inability of material goods to make us happy. Other short stories could be substituted or added.

Included:
*Links to suggested short stories
*Narrative criteria
*Plot diagram
*PowerPoint of notes and practice with tone & figurative language
*Bell ringers & exit tickets focused on tone & figurative language
*6 constructed response prompts (2 choices per short story)
*Constructed response form with suggested transitions and grading rubric
*Practice with dialogue and punctuation
*Silent discussion prompts for "The Family of Little Feet"
*Narrative criteria for self and peer assessment of student writing
*Plot diagram for peer assessment of student writing
*Answer keys
*Usage guide
*Digital usage guide for Google Classroom and other online learning management systems
*Common Core (CCSS) alignment

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2 Weeks

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Writing Workshop Narratives/Short Stories as Mentor Texts
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Writing Workshop Narratives/Short Stories as Mentor Texts
Writing Workshop Narratives/Short Stories as Mentor Texts
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