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Personal Narrative Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Personal narrative writing can incorporate a myriad of skills and techniques. In this unit, middle and high school students will exercise their writing muscles as they participate in activities, discussions, and projects.

Personal Narrative

Personal narrative can take many forms. Guide students as they discover the characteristics of narrative, autobiography, and memoir. In this unit, your middle or high school students will write their own pieces, analyze classmates' writing, share their feedback.

Combining these formats under the personal narrative umbrella helps students to both organize the concepts in a logical manner and identify how each one is unique. The activities in this unit will get their creative juices flowing and their hands moving as they write several original pieces. As an optional extension, there are also ideas for adding a memoir study of ''Farewell to Manzanar''.

Topic Introduction

Introduce the topic using this Personal Narrative Lesson Plan. After a basic knowledge base has been built, move forward to engage students in writing their first personal narrative. Use these Personal Narrative Essay Topics and First-Person Narrative Essay Topics to create a list of options for students to utilize when determining their writing topic.

This initial essay can serve as an excellent baseline assessment to compare with their final piece at the end of the unit. Use these Personal Narrative Rubric Examples to guide your grading process throughout the unit.

Narrative Writing

Scaffolding in additional support works well even after the initial essay is complete, especially if that essay serves as your baseline assessment. Begin with this Narrative Paragraph Lesson Plan to guide students through the process of writing a short narrative. Provide students with these Humorous Narrative Essay Topics to spice up this segment of the unit. Students can laugh together as they share their writing in partners or teams.

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