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"I Never Knew That!"

writing a revelatory narrative
about a loved one



Student Writer Instructions:

To begin this writing assignment, you will first need to write a friendly letter to a parent or a loved one that asks for some interesting fact to be shared that you have not known before.

Press the first button below to get some ideas for ideas you might inquire about in your letter.  Write your letter, then send it to its recipient.

Ultimately for this assignment, you will be writing a short story where you imagine a scene (like the scene from To Kill a Mockingbird where Atticus surprises his children) where your parent reveals the interesting fact to you in an interesting way.  Your imaginary narrative will include an introduction to your parent or loved one, a scene where something is revealed to you by your parent or loved one, and a conclusion that focuses on how your perception has changed.

While you are waiting for your parent to write you a letter back, you can prepare for your narrative by writing an interesting description of your parent.  The second button below will give you interesting ideas to base a descriptive paragraph on.  Write a strong paragraph that can be used as part of your narrative's introduction.


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Questions you might ask in your letter to your parent or loved one: 



Description ideas for your narrative's introduction:



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