Category Archive: personal narrative

The Difference Between Storytelling and Band-Aids

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Are you writing stories, or band-aids? Read on to find out.

Shaking Up Personal Narrative

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Ever since I read this post by Katie Kraushaar, I’ve been thinking about personal narrative and wondering why it is that students, particularly in middle elementary grades and beyond, are sometimes less than enthusiastic about… Continue reading

Where Have All the Narratives Gone?

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I’ve been thinking about why young writers struggle with personal narrative and realistic fiction writing.

We Are The Authors: Publishing Decisions

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When it’s time to publish, the classroom teacher has many decisions to consider!

Writing Workshop is Hard Work

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Last Thursday, I endeavored to explain writing workshop to parents in my district at Parent University. As I drove home after the presentation, I felt unsettled, like there had been a gap in what the parents were hoping to learn and what I delivered. What would you be sure to include in a presentation to parents on writing workshop?

Putting Feelings First with Personal Narratives

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Beth’s recent post inspired me to launch personal narratives by thinking about our feelings first.

Why Narrative Writing Matters

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When I first left the classroom to become a staff developer in New York City, I had to learn quickly to adjust to new schools, and new groups of teachers. I worked hard to have open conversations with the teachers I worked with, where teachers could ask anything. “No such thing as a bad question!” But there was one phrase that I dreaded. Four words that left me with no idea how to respond.

All About the Paper.

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Sometimes making a small change can produce big results.

Change & Personal Narratives

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“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus As a child, I didn’t know much about change.  I moved from Brooklyn to New Jersey when I was a baby.  I switched schools in… Continue reading

Kids As Mentors

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I’m getting ready for Family-Teacher Conferences tomorrow. As I do, I’m putting together folders for each family, which includes the following things: A reading & word work assessment profile with each student’s score… Continue reading

“Time Line” for On-Demand Assessments

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I mapped out the way my students could go through the Quick Publish Process today. (They have today and tomorrow to quickly publish a personal narrative before we begin our next unit of… Continue reading

Character Traits

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I just put together a list of character traits for my students, ranking them as positive, negative, or a mix between the two for an upcoming character study unit we’re doing in Reading… Continue reading

Publishing Personal Narratives

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Student Reflection Sheet for Personal Narratives Originally uploaded by teachergal I updated the Personal Narrative Page on the Two Writing Teachers Website to include a student reflection sheet and an in-depth comment sheet… Continue reading

“So What?”

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Ruth and I spoke at-length this summer about the benefits and detriments of starting off the school year with memoir, as opposed to beginning with personal narrative. While my colleagues and I have… Continue reading

Keeping Demonstrations Fresh

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I’ve found that my demonstrations run a little long if I’m not adequately prepared. When I say “not adequately prepared,” I mean that if I don’t have recent writing to support my minilesson… Continue reading

Personal Narrative Texts.

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In many of the classrooms I’m working in, we are moving into a Personal Narrative study.  I asked teachers to gather books they would like to use to anchor their teaching.  Below is a… Continue reading

Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

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I worked on the Reading-Writing Connections Document for Those Shoes until 12:30 a.m. Here are two examples of the way I set it up: Craft Move Page Number(s) Why the Author Might Be… Continue reading

Customized Spelling Lists

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I’ve been grading my students’ personal narratives this morning using the rubric I created last month. That being said, I decided not to just grade their personal narratives, but also to use them… Continue reading

Revising… Editing… Publishing…

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My students are in the revision stage for their personal narratives. I’m anticipating a November 15th Publication Date. Hence, I’ve been working all morning to put together revision minilessons, an editing checklist, an… Continue reading

Updated Rubric and Checklist for Personal Narratives

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Even though the folks who commented on it said it was okay the way it was, I wasn’t happy with the rubric/checklist I created for my students to use for the personal narrative… Continue reading