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Unit 1

What is a personal narrative?

I can write a detailed paragraph about a personal experience.  I will provide sensory details that provide enough information that my reader can visualize what I saw and feel what I felt.

(Lesson objectives follow each lesson content)

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What makes a good paragraph?

  1. Include a topic sentence which tells what the paragraph will be about

  2. Provide supporting details to explain about the topic

  3. Include interesting facts that helps the reader visualize

  4. Provide a concluding sentence which is the final thought on the topic

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Teacher Lesson 1 : Personal Narrative

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Guidelines of a good paragraph

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Create a memory paragraph

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Complete a 6 word memory

How do character traits affect the story?

Character Traits

What makes a good friend?

PROVE IT!  Use evidence to prove your opinion.

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Teacher Lesson 2 : Identify Character Traits

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Read A Good Lie

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Discuss character traits from the story

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Create "A Good Friend" paragraph

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Listen to A Good Lie

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What's the cause?

What's the effect?

Teacher Lesson 3 : Examples of Cause & Effect

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Read Chapter 1 of Extraordinary, Ordinary People

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Create a list of cause & effect examples from the story

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Create a cause & effect statement about someone from your life

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Listen to Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Sensory Details

provide more description

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Teacher Lesson 4 : Use Sensory Detail to Provide Description

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Read How to Eat a Guava

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Record the actions & write a descriptive paragraph

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Complete the sensory detail chart

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Listen to How to Eat a Guava

Teacher Lesson 5 : Write a Personal Food Narrative

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Reread How to Eat a Guava & create a list of personal events

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Discuss with a partner and take notes

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Plan the events for writing the personal experience

Dialogue

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Teacher Lesson 6 : Adding Dialogue to Add Description

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Read A Girl from Yamhill & complete character traits chart

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Practice punctuating dialogue

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Plan dialogue that can be added to food narrative

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Listen to A Girl from Yamhill

Chronological and Transitional Phrases

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Teacher Lesson 7 : Adding transition words and phrases

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Reread A Good Lie and add transition phrases

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Create a list of possible memories

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Create a list of events about your memory

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Listen to A Good Lie

Supporting Sentences

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Teacher Lesson 8 : Understanding Firsthand VS Secondhand

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Reread Intro to Polio & The Diagnosis - Complete the chart

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Brainstorm firsthand experiences for narrative

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Start events planner for personal narrative

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Listen to The Diagnosis Part 1 & 2

Character Traits

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Teacher Lesson 9 : Using Character Traits in Your Narrative

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Read An Oxygen Tent and a Chocolate Milkshake - Complete chart

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Discuss your personal narrative with your partner

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Start planning your intro to your personal narrative

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Listen to An Oxygen Tent & a Chocolate Milkshake

Figurative Language

Similes

Compares 2 unlike things using LIKE or AS

Metaphors

Compares 2 unlike things but does NOT use like or as

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Teacher Lesson 10 : Adding Similes & Metaphors 

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Read Star Patient Surprises Everyone & identify similes and metaphors used

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Practice using similes and metaphors for your narrative

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Start your body paragraph for your narrative

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Listen to Star Patient Surprises Everyone

Adding More Detail

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Teacher Lesson 11 : Adding Crucial Details

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Reread Star Patient Surprises Everyone & identify cause/effect

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Practice using more vital verbs

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Improve your narrative with improved verbs

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Listen to Patient Surprises Everyone Part 1 & 2

Teacher Lesson 12 : Adding New Detail to Better Your Writing

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Read The Great Accordion Concert & describe learning to play the accordion

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Read Good-bye, Silver & identify good detail

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Select 7 events in your writing and add to it

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Listen to The Great Accordion Concert

Teacher Lesson 13 : Concluding Thoughts

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Read the final section Back to School

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Discuss the entire essay as a whole

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Plan your conclusion

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Listen to Goodbye Silver Hello Sticks & Back to School

Good Conclusion

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Teacher Lesson 14 & 15 : Interviewing Authors and Reviewing

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Title your essay and discuss titles for the essays in the reader

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Revise your essay with peers

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Create a list of questions for interviews

Final Project

Personal Narrative

Brainstorming
Intro

Lesson 7.4

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Lesson 8.4

WB p 88-92

Lesson 9.3

WB p 99

Body
Conclusion

Lesson 10.5

WB p 109

Lesson 12.3

WB p 123

Lesson 13.2

WB p 129-131

Lesson 13.2

WB p 129-131