Start your kids writing what they know — their own lives!
The personal narrative writing unit begins with idea generation, then how to read a book like a writer.
This curriculum shows you how to use children’s books as examples of good writing and will provide you with explicit writing lessons and activities to increase both the quality of your students’ writing and their writing stamina.
Using the three children’s books and the lessons provided, show students how to write with their five senses, show not tell, use vivid verbs, write interesting leads and satisfying endings, sequence logically, write in complete sentences, use capital letters appropriately, and move through the writing process of drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
PICK ONE CHAPTER BOOK TO USE AS A MENTOR TEXT
Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan
Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mean
PICK ONE PICTURE BOOK (OR MORE) TO USE AS A MENTOR TEXT
Honeybee by Candace Fleming
Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler
Southwest Sunrise by Nikki Grimes
NOTE: Knucklehead is the only true personal narrative book. The other books are fictional but in the first person except for Honeybee but they are good examples, too. However, Knucklehead, while very well-written, does have some potty humor and violence. I don’t use these chapters for this curriculum but want you to know that it’s there.
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