Reflection: Flexibility Personal Narratives: Choosing Your Topic - Section 4: Closure


I seem to use this word a lot. If you can’t be flexible, you’re going to have a hard time making it in the classroom! It seems like I learn that lesson over and over again. Today was one of those lessons when things didn’t magically go as well as planned. My students this year are struggling to explain their thinking and to think critically. Of course, this is fairly common among beginning of the year third graders. And so, as usual, I know my expectations are a little high.

I ended up splitting this lesson between two days. During the original lesson when they were asked to reflect on the guiding questions and explain why they chose their particular piece. Many of the conversations I overhead were focused on simply that they chose their piece because they liked it or because they were able to write a lot about it. While there’s nothing wrong with this, the conversations simply didn’t reach a level of depth that I was hoping for. So - I decided not to move on to the next step and instead try again the next day!

  Flexibility: Flexibility
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Personal Narratives: Choosing Your Topic

Unit 5: The Personal Narrative
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT choose a topic for their final personal narrative from several short pre-writing pieces.

Big Idea: After completing several short pre-writing activities, students will select the one they like best to use as their final personal narrative writing project.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, personal narrative, narrative, writing ideas
  40 minutes
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