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Please Tell Me a Story
DescriptionTo a sixth grader, what is a day to remember? During this activity the students write narrative essays, which demonstrate an organizational pattern having a beginning, middle, end and transitional devices.
ObjectivesThe student uses an appropriate organizational pattern having a beginning, middle, end and transitional devices.
-Pen or pencil
Preparations1. Create a narrative essay about a special day you remember and copy onto a transparency. This essay will serve as a model of an organized, five-paragraph narrative that has a beginning, middle, end and transitional devices.
2. Check the overhead projector for readiness.
3. If necessary, review the elements of the narrative essay and transitional devices.
4. Post the prompt for class assignment – A Day I Remember.
Procedures1. On an overhead projector, exhibit a narrative essay that you have written about a day you remember.
2. Read your narrative essay aloud to students as they follow along.
3. Ask students to point out the beginning, middle, and end. Then ask them to identify the transitional devices. (You may want to use colored markers to distinguish these.)
4. Review the elements of the paragraph: topic sentence, supporting evidence and transitional devices. (Refer to teacher essay sample)
5. Explain the elements of the organized, five-paragraph, narrative essay that has a beginning, middle, end and transitional devices. (Refer to teacher essay sample)
6. Explain that an introduction includes an attention grabber and a thesis statement. (Refer to teacher essay sample)
7. Explain the topic sentence and its purpose. (Refer to teacher essay sample)
8. Ask students to write an introduction to their narrative essay about a day to remember.
9. Explain the body paragraphs and reasons for transitions. (Refer to teacher essay sample)
10. Students write body paragraphs for their narrative essays.
11. Explain that the conclusion sums up the essay and/or restates the thesis statement. (Refer to teacher essay sample)
12. Students write a conclusion. (Refer to teacher essay sample)
13. Students put all parts together to complete their essay and submit it to the teacher or to a peer for formative assessment using the Essay Checklist in the associated file.
14. Students use feedback from checklist to revise essay.
AssessmentsFormatively assess the student using the Essay Checklist located in the associated file.
Extensions1. This format can be used for other types of writing such as expository and persuasive.
2. This format can be used for special specific learners with the requirements modified.
Attached FilesThis file contains the Essay Checklist. File Extension: pdf
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