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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)

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

Teacher Lesson 1 : Personal Narrative

Guidelines of a good paragraph

Create a memory paragraph

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.

 

Teacher Lesson 2 : Identify Character Traits

Read A Good Lie

Discuss character traits from the story

Create "A Good Friend" paragraph

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Listen to A Good Lie

What's the cause?

What's the effect?

Teacher Lesson 3 : Examples of Cause & Effect

Read Chapter 1 of Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Create a list of cause & effect examples from the story

Create a cause & effect statement about someone from your life

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Listen to Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Sensory Details

provide more description

Teacher Lesson 4 : Use Sensory Detail to Provide Description

Read How to Eat a Guava

Record the actions & write a descriptive paragraph

Complete the sensory detail chart

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Listen to How to Eat a Guava

Teacher Lesson 5 : Write a Personal Food Narrative

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

Discuss with a partner and take notes

Plan the events for writing the personal experience

Dialogue

Teacher Lesson 6 : Adding Dialogue to Add Description

Read A Girl from Yamhill & complete character traits chart

Practice punctuating dialogue

Plan dialogue that can be added to food narrative

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Listen to A Girl from Yamhill

Chronological and Transitional Phrases

Teacher Lesson 7 : Adding transition words and phrases

Reread A Good Lie and add transition phrases

Create a list of possible memories

Create a list of events about your memory

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Listen to A Good Lie

Supporting Sentences

Teacher Lesson 8 : Understanding Firsthand VS Secondhand

Reread Intro to Polio & The Diagnosis - Complete the chart

Brainstorm firsthand experiences for narrative

Start events planner for personal narrative

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Listen to The Diagnosis Part 1 & 2

Character Traits

Teacher Lesson 9 : Using Character Traits in Your Narrative

Read An Oxygen Tent and a Chocolate Milkshake - Complete chart

Discuss your personal narrative with your partner

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

Teacher Lesson 10 : Adding Similes & Metaphors 

Read Star Patient Surprises Everyone & identify similes and metaphors used

Practice using similes and metaphors for your narrative

Start your body paragraph for your narrative

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Listen to Star Patient Surprises Everyone

Adding More Detail

Teacher Lesson 11 : Adding Crucial Details

Reread Star Patient Surprises Everyone & identify cause/effect

Practice using more vital verbs

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

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

Read Good-bye, Silver & identify good detail

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

Read the final section Back to School

Discuss the entire essay as a whole

Plan your conclusion

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Listen to Goodbye Silver Hello Sticks & Back to School

Good Conclusion

Teacher Lesson 14 & 15 : Interviewing Authors and Reviewing

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

Revise your essay with peers

Create a list of questions for interviews

Final Project

Personal Narrative

Lesson 7.4

WB p 77

Lesson 8.4

WB p 88-92

Lesson 9.3

WB p 99

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