Reflection: Joy Writing A Personal Narrative, Day 1 of 2 - Section 3: Students Begin Drafting


I always enjoy assigning a personal narrative because I learn so much about my students. I often think of sitting down to grade a tall pile of essays with dread, except when it is a pile of personal narratives. In this assignment, I learned that one of my students started writing music at the age of eleven and started a band at the age of thirteen. I also learned that a rich doctor once asked another student's grandfather to give up his son, my student's father, because the doctor believed he would be able to give the child a better life.

I did not give students a predetermined structure for their story. I left it up to them to organize their writing. This allowed some to tell their story the way they naturally would. Here is part of the story a student worked on today.

  Joy: What Storytelling Reveals About Students
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Writing A Personal Narrative, Day 1 of 2

Unit 4: Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBAT develop their own narrative by following the criteria set forth in activities of the last few lessons.

Big Idea: It is a good time to take the driver’s seat and tell our own story.

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