Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 3

How does an author sequence events in a narrative so that the events build on one another and create a tone of mystery, growth, or resolution? As part of a study of narrative writing, class members work in pairs to examine the techniques Leslie Marmon Silko uses in "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit" to describe her great-grandmother. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Model for class members how the techniques Silko employs may be used in their college application narrative
Classroom Considerations

  • The third of a six-lesson narrative writing unit that uses Leslie Marmon Silko's "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit" as an anchor text
  • The writing strand in the unit focuses on techniques class members can employ as they develop their personal narrative for the college Common Application prompt

  • The 13-page packet includes discussion questions and sample responses, worksheets, and a homework assignment

  • Some class members may need additional support to understand how to employ the techniques they see in Silko's narrative in their own narrative