Reflection: Advanced Students First and Last Times - Section 3: On Your Own


For students who finish really early and want to start writing a draft, I remind them of the goal: meaningful stories, written in a meaningful way for a reading audience. I ask them to show me the stories they chose to write and then ask them, “What makes this important?” and “What feelings come up for you as you remember this story?” These lessons will come up again for whole class instruction but I don’t want these early finishers to write drafts and have to do a lot of revisions or rewrite their story just because they didn’t have the focus in mind to write it in a meaningful way. I want them to always think, “What is this story REALLY about and how can I get my readers to understand the meaning behind my experience?” This is an important switch for students who are use to writing for their teaching or parents. Instead of writing for the readers’ experience, they are getting their thoughts down on paper and finding that to be a success. Now that they are developmentally ready to understand others’ perspectives, I encourage them to think about that as they write.

  What is it Really About?
  Advanced Students: What is it Really About?
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First and Last Times

Unit 11: Personal Narratives: Digging Into Our Toolbox
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT brainstorm ideas for personal narrative writing by listing first and last times they have had experiences.

Big Idea: The first time and sometimes the last time you've experienced something are the most interesting times which leads to a great personal narrative story.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, brainstorming, prewriting, narrative voice, 4th grade, personal narratives, publishing, narrative
  30 minutes
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