The Devil’s Arithmetic: Personal Narrative Assignment

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How can an unfamiliar place help you learn something about yourself? Use a narrative writing prompt as you culminate your unit on Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic. Kids consider the ways that, like the main character from the novel, they have found themselves in a place that was different from what they were used to.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids collect ideas and brainstorm as they read the novel, making it easier for them to compile an essay at the end of their reading
  • Use the narrative project as your year-end writing assessment
Classroom Considerations

  • Provides a lot of space for brainstorming, including four blank pages for a rough draft; consider having kids use their own paper for writing to save your paper and copying
  • Each page has a colorful background that could affect printing

  • Provides all the parts necessary for the project, including a peer-editing rubric and brainstorming graphic organizers

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Common Core