Reflection: Modeling Memories and Hopes: Revising the Story to Express Importance - Section 1: Introduction


I like to use examples that have been developed overtime to show new techniques. For example, during the brainstorming/prewriting lessons at the beginning of the unit, I model the strategy by using real stories that have happened to me. I try to pick ones that they can relate to; either from my childhood or general enough that they may have had a similar experience. I then continue to use those examples in future lessons. I remind them how we revised the story last time and how we are going to use the new strategy to make the story even stronger. Doing it this way allows students to have a shared understanding of a story that they can all work on during the whole-class lesson. Depending on the unit, I might even actually write the story so that I can use it in revising and editing lessons. Otherwise, I just tell the story orally and change it as we go. 

  Using Class Examples
  Modeling: Using Class Examples
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Memories and Hopes: Revising the Story to Express Importance

Unit 11: Personal Narratives: Digging Into Our Toolbox
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: SWBAT add scenes from the past and future to support the meaning and message of their personal narrative short stories.

Big Idea: Memories, hopes and dreams of the future adds meaning and understanding to what makes the present so special.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, narrative voice, 4th grade, revising, personal narrative, publishing, narrative
  50 minutes
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