Personal Narratives: Learning from Lessons Life Teaches Us

This Personal Narratives: Learning from Lessons Life Teaches Us unit also includes:

"First Appearance," Mark Twain's tale about overcoming stage fright, serves as a model of a personal narrative and gets young writers thinking about milestones in their own lives. After examining student models and considering the elements that make for engaging stories, they craft their own narrative about a life lesson.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Begin by having pupils illustrate five cartoon panels that represent significant events in their life they are willing to share with a partner
  • Save examples to use as models with subsequent classes

Classroom Considerations

  • Presumes class members have previously studied comparative narratives

  • The 26-page packet includes a carefully scaffolded lesson, sample personal narratives, worksheets, graphic organizers, and a self-assessment rubric

  • Beware the typo (manly instead of mainly) in the concept map graphic