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Friday, January 4, 2013

Third Quarter is right around the CORNER!!! and so is Personal Narratives!

It has been a while since I have posted and I am feeling super guilty! Sooooo, I decided to share one of my newest personal narrative lessons with you that will be included in my newest writing unit focusing on, yes-you guessed it, PERSONAL NARRATIVES!!! This lesson will only be available for a short amount of time so you won't want to miss out on grabbing it. This particular lesson is a personal recount on learning to blow bubbles. Have a look below at my example: 
*Students participated  in blowing their very own bubbles. It is extremely important to create shared experiences that students can participate in prior to writing. Many of us have students who are not provided with opportunities at home that allow them to reflect and write about their experience. So why not provide the experience for them and at the same time make the experience the same for all kids. You will have lots of control over the events they will recall as well. We brainstormed the events that occurred using the circle map first and then labeled the events in order with numbers :1, 2, 3, 4, 5.    



 I modeled by taking the ideas from the circle map and transferring them to the flow map. I wrote the events first on the lines. Then modeled by filling the rest of the flow map and thinking aloud my ideas. At this point in the year, students should be able to think through a good sentence in their head without writing all their thoughts down. So, we orally rehearsed MANY times reading off the maps we created. You can see how the transitions fit nicely into our story. The arrow down is for elaboration or a “tell-me-more.” Be sure to guide students towards an opening sentence that tells who, did what, when, and where. The personal connection is the closing.

Click {HERE} or on the picture of the blank flow map below to get your own copy of this lesson...get it while it is free because tomorrow-Friday, at 10:00 am it will no longer be free! It WILL be available though in my upcoming Third Quarter Writing Unit available soon at my TpT store! 
I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and 2013 is off to a great start...Back to school on Monday for us and I am trying to get my head around the idea of having to get up early! UGH! 



5 comments:

  1. I could not open this link. I LOVE your writing units. I did my 1st one right before break. I did the elf one and we loved it. I am doing the snowman or winter one next week. Thanks for your great stuff. Suzanne smoss7@cox.net

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    1. Ok...give it a try now...let me know if it worked.

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  2. I tried yesterday and I couldn't get it to work either.
    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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    1. Really??? I will re-link it...let me know if you are able to download it. Give me a few minutes. :-)

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