Unit Plan: Narrative Scenes

An entry point to longer narratives, personal essays, and memoirs

In the fall, I shared a personal essay unit, and I showed you this continuum. Teaching students to write meaningful, well-crafted personal stories is often surprisingly challenging. But if we look at it as a spectrum with a series of buildable steps, we can move students to increasing levels of depths in this important genre.

As a middle school teacher,…

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