Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 3, Lesson 3

Working in pairs, class members use the provided narrative writing rubric to assess the effectiveness of the use of dialogue, pacing, and description in two model paragraphs with similar content. Writers then use the insights they have gained from the activity to revise their college essay.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Before asking pairs to evaluate the sample paragraphs, model the process with another example
Classroom Considerations

  • The third in a seven-lesson narrative writing unit that uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Leslie Marmon Silko's "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit" as models writers may use as they craft their narrative response to a college essay prompt
  • The unit presumes class members are familiar with process writing
Pros

  • The nine-page packet includes the plan, the model paragraphs, discussion questions with sample responses, the rubric, and a homework assignment
Cons

  • None