In the previous lesson, the students experienced a mock disaster as a tribe as part of our Native American unit. In this lesson, I will ask the students to write about what it would be like to go through that disaster as a member of a tribe. They will each write from the perspective of a Native American going through that disaster with their tribe. To help them organize their thoughts before writing, I will have them fill out a story map graphic organizer. The graphic organizer I chose to use is actually a story map intended for mapping out a story for comprehension. We are going to use it backward today. We are going to use it to organize our thoughts for our writing. I have included the graphic organizer in the resources.
After the students have had a chance to organize their thoughts by creating a story map for their writing, I will give them the rest of the class time to put those thoughts into story for and create their perspective writing piece. I will remind the students that the story should be written in first person, like they ARE the main character in the story.