Personal Narrative Writing Supplement: 6 Activities to Focus & Develop Small Moment Writing
Focusing personal narratives on a small moment is a challenge for so many young writers. Teaching your students to find the small moments, or seed stories, within the larger experience is key to crafting strong, well-developed personal narratives. However, before they can narrow in students need practice and exposure to quality narrative components beginning with identifying what a small moment truly is. This classroom tested pack is designed to build your students skills for writing strong, focused personal narratives by scaffolding through the process using Bloom's taxonomy.
Research shows providing students with examples and non-examples is a way to help clarify concepts. Designed to encourage class conversation, these activities provided guided experiences on focusing personal narratives around a small, but significant, moment in time and help students build a quality draft to begin revising and editing. This unit has been designed to include research-based practices that support learning including: • Examples and non-examples • Graphic Organizers • Tiered assignments/tasks
Product Contents • Seeds vs. Watermelons Concept Refinement Activities : Adapted from the work of Lucy Calkins, students sort task cards containing ideas for writing in partners or as a whole group. A response sheet is included for easy grading and accountability. Perfect for interactive notebooks or writing stations. Includes 2-versions of the sort for differentiation. Answer keys included. • Building an Idea Bank: A set of guided graphic organizer allows students to brainstorm their own watermelon vs. seed ideas, or you can partner students to have them work together to classify their ideas. Includes full-size and journal-size organizers and anchor chart pieces to create a model on chart paper. • Refining a Personal Narrative to Add Detail Activities: This activity is adapted from Gretchen Bernabei's work and focuses on having students replay the small moment in their mind to create a story map. Students sketch and write a few words or a short sentence about the major parts of their memory. Includes both a full-size and journal-size organizer. • Differentiated Personal Narrative Writing Prompts: Designed as a fun way to prepare students to write to a targeted goal, these prompts are offered in two formats. The first version provides scaffolding and partner work to help students select an idea for writing. The second activity just provides prompts. There is overlap between both sets to allow for differentiation, but additional cards are also included in the second set and can be used as task cards in a writing center.
Skills & Topics Covered: ➟ Identifying Small Moments ➟ Selecting Personal Moments to Write About ➟ Building a Cohesive Draft & Elaborating a Small Moment ➟ Writing to a Provided Narrative Prompt
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