Reading Personal Narratives


ELAR-Grade-7 Personal Narrative 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.

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Overview

In this experience, 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.

Objectives

  • Identify the features of a personal narrative.
  • Analyze how experiences change a character.
  • Make inferences about the author based on a personal narrative.
  • Evaluate how humor and perspective impact comprehension and the author’s message.

Duration

One class period.

Vocabulary Words Used in the Personal Narrative

  • compulsion: being forced to do something
  • contralto: a singer with the lowest female singing voice
  • gubernatorial: the office of the governor of a state
  • malady: disease or ailment
  • pathetic: vulnerable or sad; pitiful
  • stalwart: loyal, reliable


A personal narrative is a personal story written about a specific moment in an author’s life. As authors reflect back on their life, they often choose significant moments that lead to a change or an epiphany (realization).

In this experience, you will read an example of a personal narrative and analyze how the author changed as a result of the experience described in the text. You will also evaluate how humor helps your understanding of both the text and the message.

Objectives:

  • Identify the features of a personal narrative.
  • Analyze how experiences change a character.
  • Make inferences about the author based on a personal narrative.
  • Evaluate how humor and perspective impact comprehension and the author’s message.


person with stage fright

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” — C. JoyBell C.


What do you think this quote means? How does it relate to your life? Share a brief description of a moment where you have had to face a fear.

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Invite volunteers to share their personal experiences with the group. Use student responses to discuss that by facing our fears we can learn things about ourselves that we wouldn’t have realized without that experience.


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