Reflection: Essay Writing Tell Me About It: Writing a Personal Narrative - Section 3: Wrap Up and Share


I am pulling out all the stops on this essay.  I have to try something new to engage them in their own writing.  Simply put, my students do not like to write.  I don't think they've had much direct instruction in the processes of writing.  They know capitalization, punctuation, and all those goodies but they don't know they have choices.  They don't know that they control the story.  When I ask them where their story is going or why they chose a specific word, they can't tell me.  

Using a mentor text and using the prewriting modeling strategy I used today is in an effort to build capacity in my students so they have confidence in their own writing, so they begin to understand that they, too, are authors.  They, too, make choices and are in control of the voice and flow of their story.  They need to consider audience and purpose and that all of that matters.  

It's a long process and I wish I would have put all of this together sooner, but, like they say, better late than never!

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Tell Me About It: Writing a Personal Narrative

Unit 21: Writing Personal Narratives With Patricia Polacco
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT work through the writing process to create a personal narrative that describes an event that happened to them.

Big Idea: Being able to relay an event in a way that others can understand is an essential life skill.

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English / Language Arts, Writing Process, Writing, Patricia Polacco, narrative, rough draft
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