Students read, write, and present personal narratives, practicing skills they have learned in other units.
Personal Narrative unit contains 4 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Personal Narrative Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
Reading Personal Narratives
Students read Samuel Clemens’s speech, “Mark Twain’s First Appearance,” and identify its qualities as a personal narrative and the role of humor in the speech. Next, they infer characteristics about Clemens based on the text. Finally, they analyze how the experience in the speech changed the author.
Making Connections to Text
Students identify the different types of connections that can be made while reading. Then, they read an assigned text and monitor the connections they make while reading. Next, they use active reading strategies on a self-selcted text, monitoring their comprehension and evaluating how their connections help contribute to their overall understanding of the text.
Writing a Personal Narrative
Students apply their knowledge of personal narratives to the writing of their own personal narratives. They move through the writing process as they brainstorm, outline, compose, revise, edit, and publish their personal narratives. Students focus on developing their ideas in a coherent and logical order while incorporating their own voice.
Presenting an Oral Literary Critique
Students define and apply public speaking and listening skills. Then they prepare a short critique of a literary work and present it to their classmates. While listening to their classmates speak, students take notes and work with the rest of their group to generate questions, comments, and suggestions for the speaker.