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Tenth graders discover how various writers approach the themes of : alienation and solitude, living life "deliberately" and "phonies." Through reading, journaling, class discussion, and writing assignments they realize the power of the first person narrator in literature. Students see how others have fougnt to maintain their individuality despite pressure to conform to societies' expectations.
Learners prepare for and evaluate their performances in poetry slams. In this literature lesson plan, students write personal narratives about their poetry slam experiences.
After identifying the parts of a persuasive piece of writing, young writers explore different prewriting activities for the persuasive essay. They have the option to write a news article, personal narrative, or persuasive essay to describe a personal service experience. Middle schoolers appreciate getting to choose their own assignment!
Explore the personal histories of your third graders by creating timelines. Youngsters review five events that had an important impact on their lives. They then create a timeline on their computers using multi-media software and narrate their past experiences to their classmates. If you don't have access to computers, draw a timeline the old-fashion way!
Students read and discuss "Enigmatic Portraits of Teen-Agers Free of All Context," then choose a photograph and write a first-person narrative from the perspective of the subject.
Your third graders design works of art that reflect themselves. In this visual arts lesson, your class will examine works of art that tell stories and replicate the models as they transform a personal narrative of their own into a visual piece.
Eighth graders bring early America to life. In this George Washington lesson, 8th graders listen to a lecture about the first president, explore the relationships he had with his slaves, and research the backgrounds of some of his slaves. Students write and present first-person narratives in costume and character based on their findings.
Students write a first-person narrative from the perspective of a runaway slave, or a historical character of the period, and present their story orally.
Picture books provide the impetus for a study of how authors make plots seem real and characters interesting. After reading several books, class members list the techniques the authors used to enliven their stories and then craft their own. A list of picture books you can use to launch the lesson as well as a personal narrative planning sheet and a personal narrative checklist are included.
Introduce your class to fairy tales with this lesson. After reading the fractured fairy tale, "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig," third, fourth, and fifth graders write a personal narrative as a response to the fairy tale. They compare and contrast the classic fairy tale with the fractured story, completing a graphic organizer to showcase their thoughts.
Students design Career Character Poster, research occupations of interest, write about their future career choices, and present a first-person narrative about their chosen occupation.
In this personal narratives worksheet, students are given 4 writing prompts for a personal narrative and are directed to write about a time they spent with family members, or write about a time they learned to do something new, or write about something they do for fun. Students then answer 5 fill in the blank questions where they provide first person pronouns to complete sentences.
Focus on synonyms and antonyms through games and group activities. Pupils write a personal narrative about a favorite place to visit and look for strong synonyms to polish their writing. They find and use five synonyms and three antonyms for the target words in their writing. The activities and games are all included here!
Part of the Read 180 curriculum for English language learners, this plan prompts writers to sharpen their skills. They select one of four listed personal narrative writing prompts to complete and respond to six questions that require them to review how to write with a first person point of view.
Students examine perspectives of the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, students read first person narratives of the Civil War from 2 women on the homefront. Students compare and contrast the narratives of the women with one another. Students may also compare them their points of view with that of a male.
Students are guided into creating their own self-portrait in steps using colored pastels. They also use their self-portraits as a springboard to write a personal narrative. This is a cool lesson!
Use the Peace Corps to explore a different place and different perspectives. Your class reads the personal narrative "Cross-Cultural Dialogue" by Roz Wollmering, completing an attached story frame sheet in preparation for a class discussion. There are four days worth of activities provided here, and learners are encouraged to complete a daily journal entry to reflect on the difference of perspective.
Young scholars read and analyze a personal narrative written about a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Guinea-Bissau, Africa. They discuss the concept of crossing cultures, analyze maps, complete worksheets, and develop a writing assignment that describes events from two perspectives.
After writing a personal narrative, learners edit their work and that of their classmates. Using the imbedded link, pupils edit their paper. They form small groups and check each other's papers for spelling, grammar usage, sentence structure, etc. Final drafts are submitted for assessment. Note: The imbedded link is an excellent tool for self-editing.
Learners use the perspective of various individuals in Colonial times. They research the daily activities they would experience if they were that individual and produce a first-person narrative to share with the rest of the class, describing what their life is like.