In this seminar, you’ll learn about dialogue, including how writers use it to “move” their stories along. As a narrator, you will practice using dialogue, which will help you understand how people involved in conflict interact genuinely. Some lines of dialogue will be longer than others; there’s a reason for that. Some narratives have very little dialogue; there’s a reason for that. Ultimately, you will continue to analyze the perspectives of characters (people) in a narrative setting to better understand the human condition and how their voices contribute to it. This seminar will require innovation on your part, as you will not only learn terminology associated with dialogue, but also put those devices into action as you create your own (mini) narrative with characters who interact.StandardsCC.1.4.9-10.MWrite narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.CC.1.4.9-10.NEngage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple points of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters.CC.1.4.9-10.PCreate a smooth progression of experiences or events using a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole; provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
The specific purpose of this lesson plan is to guide students through writing a personal narrative for the college application/scholarship process. The plan includes a rubric, a narrative-writing review, pre-writing questions, peer-review questions, and self-reflection.
Length: One week
This Remote Learning Plan was created by Cyndi Shinn in collaboration with Rick Meyer as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Remote Learning Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The attached Remote Learning Plan is designed for Grade Band Range 3- 6 Language Arts students. Students will write a Personal Narrative. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: English Language Arts - Writing It is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 5 days with 45 to 60 minutes for each lesson to complete.Here is the direct link to the Google Doc:Personal Narrative Lesson
In many English classes, conflicts appear in fiction: short stories, novels, and plays. But conflicts--both internal and external--also play a part in our daily lives and become part of our narratives. In fact, a personal narrative (an essay about a personal experience) revolves around a central conflict. Often, the conflict is caused by internal or external forces, and the narrator reveals how the problem was resolved. In this seminar, you will learn more about internal and external conflicts and how both contribute to our human experience. In the process, you will continue to analyze the perspectives of the people involved in the conflict, striving to accurately portray their roles in your narrative.Standards CC.1.4.9-10.MWrite narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.CC.1.4.9-10.NEngage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple points of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters.CC.1.4.9-10.PCreate a smooth progression of experiences or events using a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole; provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
This mini lesson on prewriting strategies for 5th-8th graders is designed to help students generate ideas for a personal narrative essay in which the writer tells a story about a real-life experience. Prewriting is particularly important because it helps the student plan how to start the narrative essay and to think about the details to include. The four strategies covered in this lesson (using sentence starters, freewriting, listing, and mind mapping) can help writers select which personal experiences have the most significance for them. If the writer feels a strong connection to their topic, then it will be easier for them to convey a message and write an effective narrative essay.Sentence starters is a technique to help students understand the need to focus on a personal experience and can help them frame the initial sentences of their essay. Freewriting helps writers get started without overthinking, which can cause more anxiety and sometimes leads to writer's block. Freewriting helps students write continuously for a set period of time in order to get initial thoughts on paper. Listing and mind mapping are brainstorming techniques which are both helpful in generating essay topics, themes, and supporting details.Throughout the lesson, students can practice each technique, so that by the end of the lesson they can begin writing the first paragraph of their personal narrative essay.