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Students, using photos as their inspiration, develop six personal narratives, then edit and revise them.
Learners gather information about the Civil War from letters to the soldiers wives.  In this Civil War lesson, observe the descriptive accounts and list sensory words.  Students write a letter or poem matching a scene in the letters.  Learners may make a diorama. Students draw a picture to illustrate their writing.
Students investigate the Realism movement. In this Realism art movement lesson, students explore the movement and evaluate the elements of still life painting. Students compare the Realism movement to other 19th century art movements.
In this telling about you in personal narratives learning exercise, students complete sentences with fill in the blanks with details and write a personal narrative as a journal or diary entry. Students write answers to thirteen questions.
In this telling about you in personal narratives instructional activity, students complete sentences with details about how they feel, look, and act using descriptive phrases in a box, complete sentences, and write a personal narrative. Students write thirteen answers.
Young scholars, in teams, research contemporary life of girls around the world, then write first person narratives from the point of view of girls in selected world cultures. They impersonate these women through e-mail correspondence.
What was your most (exciting, maddening, nervous, thrilling, etc.) experience in school? A part of a unit on narrative writing, in this lesson class members review the elements of the form and then choose an event when they learned a lesson through a life experience. After drafting, peer reviewing, and polishing the narrative, writers share their experience with the class. Although referenced in the plan, activities 1 and 2 are not included here.
Eleventh graders read and analyze personal narratives written by two North Carolinians:  Mary Norcott Bryan and William Henry Singleton.  In this Literature lesson, 11th graders compare these two narratives.  Students analyze how an author's values, cultural background, and social experiences influence a text. 
After reading and discussing several personal narratives written by women in the 1920's, class members write a personal narrative of their own about a time in their lives they felt controlled. Sample narratives can be accessed through HRC’s “American Twenties” collection. 
In this writing a personal narrative worksheet, students write about 1 or more of the 4 writing prompts listed. Each writing prompt listed requires them to write a personal narrative.
Second graders write a brief personal narrative describing the settig, characters, problems/goals, and events in detail. They are explained that story maps are often made before stories are written. Authors use story maps to organize their ideas and define the elements in detail of the story, such as setting, characters, problems/goals, and events.
In this personal narrative worksheet, students learn how to tell the reader how they felt, acted, and looked in a personal narrative by completing the three activities.
Seventh graders practice the skill of writing a personal narrative. They bring in an object that is related to themselves. Then students discuss the importance of the items and then write a personal narrative about the objects. As an extension students can create a box of memorable items.
Second graders create a graphic organizer on Kidspiration about themselves. They write a personal narrative using the information from their graphic organizer. They share their project with the class.
In this language arts exercise students read an explanation of a red letter day as it is referred to in the novel Night of the Twisters. Students then write a personal narrative of their own red letter day. A list of characteristics of good writing is included at the bottom of the instructional activity.
Students discover journalism by writing about themselves.  In this non-fiction writing lesson, students discuss the outline of a personal narrative and write a paper about an experience they've had.  Students reflect on the story they've written afterwards.
Want to use sequence maps in your narrative writing unit? Young writers work to create personal narratives about their summer vacation. They write a narrative of their vacation and create a display using summer clothing shapes made from construction paper. Use this lesson to emphasize the importance of logical sequencing and organization in narrative writing.
Twelfth graders read the short story The Lesson. They research the socio-economic and cultural context of the story and author. They examine the author's point of view. They analyze the first person narration in the story. They rewrite two paragraphs of the story from a different point of view.
The discussion continues: Who started the Civil War? So why not get your intelligent learners involved. Readers use the account of Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow to begin their analysis of who started the war. Scholars are challenged to confirm or refute perspectives on the matter by using other accounts and opinions on who or what is to blame. They are assessed by their completion of “Perspectives on the Civil War” worksheet.   
Scarlett O’Hara, Melanie Hamilton, Aunt Pittypat. The siren, the saint, the airhead. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind contributes much to the stereotype most hold of southern women during the Civil War era. Class members access primary source materials to determine the accuracy of these stereotypes. Links to diaries, journals, and first-person narratives are included in the packet.

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