Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
Grade:
12
Provider:
Pearson
Tags:
Grade 12 ELA, Media, Satire
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
Language:
English

Personal Narrative (Final)

Personal Narrative (Final)

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will work to finish the revision of their personal narrative.

Lesson Preparation

  • Read the lesson and student content.
  • Anticipate student difficulties and what differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.

Section 1: Work Time Options

  • If necessary, guide students to the most appropriate choices for the Work Time.
  • Use their selections to help you plan how you will best support your students during this Work Time.

Opening

Your final narrative must be finished and submitted before the start of the next lesson. Given that time frame, what can you accomplish during this Work Time?

Look through the Work Time options and select how you will spend today’s class time. Share your choice with your teacher.

  • Write, write, write: I have a good sense of what I need to accomplish and I will use all the time available to finish writing my final draft.
  • Peer Conference: I have been working with a classmate who I believe will be able to give me more useful feedback as I put the finishing touches on my revision. We will read each other’s work and talk through changes, then write.
  • Descriptive Language, Active Verbs, and Rhythm: I believe that my draft is strong in structure and development, and I want to enhance my language use. I will revise for active verbs, descriptive language, and sentence rhythm, using the protocol we practiced in Lesson 19.
  • Language Use: I believe that my draft is strong, but I am unsure about my language use. I will use the work we did in Lesson 22 to edit my final draft for grammar and conventions.

Section 2: Your Personal Narrative

  • You may want to allow students to collaborate with group members if they feel that will be helpful.
  • Use this time to confer with students who need the additional support.
    • ELL: It will be important to spend extra time with some ELLs, in conferences, as needed. Use your professional judgment to determine whether they need extra time alone or with other students (or something else). Be sure to observe and ask questions to have a good understanding of your students’ needs.

Work Time

Work on your final revision of your personal narrative. If you finish one of the Work Time options, you may move on to another. When you’re ready, look through the extension options on the next screen to see if any appeal to you.

  • Write, write, write: I have a good sense of what I need to accomplish and I will use all the time available to finish writing my final draft.
  • Peer conference: I have been working with a classmate who I believe will be able to give me more useful feedback as I put the finishing touches on my revision. We will read each other’s work and talk through changes, then write.
  • Descriptive language, active verbs, and rhythm: I believe that my draft is strong in structure and development, and I want to enhance my language use. I will revise for active verbs, descriptive language, and sentence rhythm, using the protocol we practiced in Lesson 19:
    • ✓ Underline uses of the verb “to be” and consider if there is a stronger way to convey the same meaning.
    • ✓ Indicate examples of active verbs in blue.
    • ✓ Indicate examples of descriptive language in yellow.
    • ✓ Mark the end of each sentence with slashes (/).
    • ✓ Look at the sentence length: is it varied? What thoughts or ideas are emphasized due to sentences that “pop” or stand out? What kind of mood does the sentence structure create?
    • ✓ Look back at what you have discovered about your writing. What changes can you make to strengthen it?
  • Language use: I believe that my draft is strong, but I am unsure about my language use. I will use the work we did in Lesson 22 to edit my final draft for grammar and conventions.

Section 3: Extension Options

  • If students finish early, they should complete one (or more) of the extension options.

Work Time

Congratulations! You’ve completed your personal narrative. Now, you can enhance your work with a variety of extension options. Read through the following choices and see if any appeal to you.

  • Cover and illustrations: Create a cover and several illustrations for your narrative. Your cover should convey something about the message of your work, perhaps using symbolism; the illustrations should depict important scenes from the work.
  • Poetry or song lyrics: Write a poem or the lyrics to a song about a theme that appears in your narrative.
  • Letter: Write a letter from you to any other person who appears in your narrative, explaining your actions, providing your thoughts about his or her actions, and asking any questions you might have about their motivations or actions.
  • Other: Do you have a creative idea to enrich your work? Clear it with your teacher, and then have fun!

Section 4: Almost There

  • Students are coming into the final stretch. Try to help them focus on the positive aspects of their work, while staying motivated for this last push.
    • SWD: Monitor that SWDs don’t get overwhelmed or discouraged with the work at hand and the work still to come. Ask probing questions to be sure they are motivated and engaged.

Closing

You’re almost there!

  • What was one change you made today that you feel really improved your narrative?
  • What are the most important things you need to do to finish your narrative before the next lesson?

Open Notebook

Share your response with your teacher.

Section 5: Your Personal Narrative

  • Students must submit their narratives before the next lesson begins.

Homework

This is it!

  • Finish and submit your personal narrative.