Brainstorming ideas for writing.
ELACC2W3: Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
How can our experiences help us write?
about 1 hour
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, chart paper, marker
Overview or notes pertaining to lesson:
Students will learn how their personal experiences help them write a personal narrative.
Students bring writer’s journal to the floor. Tell students we have been writing stories called Personal Narratives. These are stories about things that happened in our lives. Share a new mentor text: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox. Explain this is a personal narrative about experiences of an older lady. Read, then ask students to think about what some of the personal experiences of the old lady were. Turn and talk if you would like then share a few examples. Reiterate that personal narratives are stories about your own experiences. Model how to make a list of Personal Experiences on chart paper. Talk about your ideas as you write them down. Remind students it can be any experience: happy, sad, exciting, scary, etc. You might want to make those categories on the paper as well…maybe an H-chart.
Tell students to think about things that have happened to them in their lives. Turn and talk with partner, then share a few. Have students start their list on the next page of their writer’s notebooks in the mini lesson section.
Send students back to their seats to continue their lists. Walk around and assist those struggling by asking questions to jog their memory.
Discuss what a personal narrative is and share a few examples of personal experiences from lists.