About Writing, Expository, Narrative

Creative Nonfiction

One of the writing genres we teach in sixth grade is personal narrative. A narrative is a story, or fiction, but a personal narrative is based on a real event. The struggle is getting students to write good stories about an event in their lives. Now personal essay, or memoir, is supposedly a different genre.… Continue reading Creative Nonfiction

Narrative, Teaching Writing

Personal Narrative or Personal Essay?

One of the writing genres we teach in sixth grade is the personal narrative, and that hasn't changed with the Common Core State Standards. (Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. W6.3) Personal narratives are defined as stories about something real that actually… Continue reading Personal Narrative or Personal Essay?

Narrative, Teaching Writing

Emotion in Narrative

At the beginning of the school year, I teach Personal Narrative. Students who are reluctant writers always do well in this unit because Everyone Has a Story. They learn how to take a memory with impact and turn it into a story that can impact a reader. To begin, I ask students to remember an… Continue reading Emotion in Narrative

Narrative, Persuasive

Narratives vs. Persuasive, Part 2

  By definition, all writing taps into the creative side of the brain. My nearly-seventh grade students believe that narrative writing, however, is much more right-brain that persuasive.  As Nitya says, “Some students may feel that persuasive allows for you to express your opinion; however, most students agree that narrative writing lets your imagination run… Continue reading Narratives vs. Persuasive, Part 2