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A Chapter Book-inspired Narrative & Writer's Notebook Lesson
Focus Trait: IDEA DEVELOPMENT Support Trait: ORGANIZATION

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Writing about Life's Lessons

using proverbs to inspire ideas for narrative writing

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant Sandy Madura at an AT & T-sponsored inservice class.

The mentor text:

Filled with interesting proverbs, A Single Shard will inspire your students to write a narrative based on a lesson they once learned.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

The writer first completes a graphic organizer about a life-changing experience or an experience from which a lesson has been learned. The retelling of the experience is then tied to a proverb.  During revisions, the writer works to reference and explain the meaning of the proverb through his/her personal experience. The final product of this assignment is a concise essay (a parable of sorts) that intertwines and supports the words of wisdom that follow us into old age. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; writers will attempt to write the essential elements of a life experience that has taught them a memorable lesson.  The support trait in this assignment is organization; using a constructed response frame, students will consider the sequence of their memorable experience.


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