Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 6

To prepare for drafting their Common Application narrative, class members return to the opening pages of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and examine how Haley engages and orients readers, establishes his narrator and point of view, and sets out the problem or situation. Using Haley's techniques as a model, writers then begin their drafts.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Rather than having individuals address all three aspects of the writing prompt, divide the class into groups of three; assign one element of the prompt to each member i.e., how does Haley (1) engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance; (2) establish one or multiple point(s) of view; and (3) introduce a narrator and/or characters?
Classroom Considerations

  • The sixth in 28-lesson narrative writing unit that uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as a model that writers may use for their Common Application narrative
Pros

  • The 11-page packet includes a detailed plan, discussion questions and sample responses, as well as a homework assignment
  • Designed for Common Core
Cons

  • None