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
This week in a writing class, we have a fun assignment. Try it yourself! *It needs to be one paragraph, exactly seven sentences. No dialogue. *It should be the first paragraph or the last paragraph of a Young Adult novel, meaning the main character should be a teenager. *It can be in first person, but… Continue reading Writing Exercise
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?
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is well under way in my classroom. This is the fifth year I have undertaken this event with a class. It is an incredible experience for the students! During October, students plan their novel. When November 1 dawns, they leap into the novel. This is only November 6, and… Continue reading National Novel Writing Month
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
Republished from the archives because of its relevance to a new crop of students! Enjoy! Personal Narratives are probably the easiest type of writing to do because everyone is full of stories. Maybe the stories in your life aren't as exciting as Harry Potter's, as romantic as Bella Swan's, or as frightening as Anne Frank's,… Continue reading Everybody Has a Story
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