On the second week of school, students wrote a pre-instruction personal narrative. This is designed to see what students know about the writing genre prior to instruction.
Last week, we began taking a closer look at personal narratives/memoirs and at the elements essential to this type of writing: a seed idea, strong introduction/hook, sequential order, vivid details, strong emotions, dialogue, transitions, and a reflective ending.
We read several examples of good writing, then discussed why they scored high. We talked about the revising and editing process. After observing numerous leads and "hooks" that published authors use, students began enhancing their own essays by creating a new introduction to grab readers' attention.
Students were given their rough drafts and began using a Google form from my Google classroom to learn how to revise their paper. Revising Personal Narrative Form
Some students chose to start a completely different story—which is absolutely acceptable. The Google form takes the student through various steps and videos to improve their narrative. All revisions are done in colored pencil. When they are ready to publish their final paper, it should be on a new sheet of notebook paper. This assignment will be a major grade.