The Power of Personal Narrative

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Personal narratives are powerful things. Whether told from the first-person or third-person point of view, whether in the form of an essay, a short story, novel, or video, whether fiction or fact, they capture readers and give them insight into the soul of a character. After watching a short video about Toni Morrison's narrative Beloved and listening to Dr. William Lynn Weaver's tale about a very special Christmas, class members try their hand at narrative writing.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members research the life of Margaret Garner
  • Use the resource to introduce the reading of Beloved
  • Include in a unit study of narrative writing or as part of your Black History Month curriculum
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires individual copies of Toni Morrison's Beloved
  • Preview the video segment "The Pain of History and Beloved," which contains material that may be sensitive for some viewers, to determine if appropriate for your class
  • Presumes class members have previously studied both first-person and third-person point of view
Pros

  • Includes a detailed plan and a story planning worksheet
Cons

  • None