Reading Personal Narratives


ELAR-Grade-6 Personal Narrative Reading Personal Narratives
Students read and evaluate Malala’s Yousafzai’s speech to the United Nations. They analyze the message and the characteristics of the speech that classify it as a personal narrative. Then, they evaluate the speech to identify several of the author’s personality traits. Finally, they write letters to Malala in response to her speech.

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Overview

In this experience, students read and evaluate Malala’s Yousafzai’s speech to the United Nations. They analyze the message and the characteristics of the speech that classify it as a personal narrative. Then, they evaluate the speech to identify several of the author’s personality traits. Finally, they write letters to Malala in response to her speech.

Objectives

  • Identify why Malala Yousafzai’s speech is considered a personal narrative.
  • Analyze the purpose and message of the speech.
  • Infer personality traits of the author based on her personal narrative.

Duration

One or two class periods.

Vocabulary Words Used in the Personal Narrative

  • United Nations (UN): organization of representatives from countries around the world that works to promote peace and human rights worldwide
  • Taliban: group of extremists, mostly living between Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • ambitions: strong desires to do something
  • compassion: showing concern for someone who is suffering
  • legacy: something handed down from a previous generation or person
  • illiteracy: the inability to read


A personal narrative is a personal story written about a specific moment in an author’s life. When writing a personal narrative, authors often choose significant moments that lead to change and learning experiences.


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In this experience, you will read an example of a personal narrative, a speech by Malala Yousafzai, and determine the features that make it a personal narrative. In addition, you will determine the significant moment in author’s life that changed her, and you will consider her purpose for telling her story.

Objectives:

  • Identify why Malala Yousafzai’s speech is considered a personal narrative.
  • Analyze the purpose and message of the speech.
  • Infer personality traits of the author based on her personal narrative.


“Passion is what drives us crazy, what makes us do extraordinary things, to discover, to challenge ourselves. Passion is and should always be the heart of courage.” — Midori Komatsu


What do you think this quote means? Explain it in your own words.



As a class, discuss the various interpretations that students have.


How does the quote relate to your life? Can you think of something you feel passionate about? What are those things that get you the most excited?

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Use student responses to discuss what passion is and how believing in something can allow people to do great things. Students should realize that passion is what drives people. The more passionate one is, the more committed one is. This can lead to a discussion regarding individuals in history who have done great things while fighting for their passions.


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