World Lit: I Remember…

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  1. Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
  2. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
  3. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
  4. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
  5. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

Learning Target: I can compose a narrative about my childhood that begins to show my cultural identity through a story.

Opening Session: Sounds every 2010s kid will remember…do y’all know these? Because I feel so old right now

Work Session: Get out the memory maps we did last week and take a few minutes to read through what you wrote. Then, share your map with a friend and chat about the memories you wrote down, which ones are most important, and which ones you might have forgotten until just now. We’re going to use this map to do your first draft of our cultural identity essay!

After everyone has a chance to chat, I want you to sit down and write a journal entry for me. Take about ten or fifteen minutes and write 4ish paragraphs, using this format:

I remember…

I remember…

I remember…

But mostly I remember…

Your end piece might diverge from that, but let’s start there. Fifteen minutes to write. Go!

When time is up, take a minute to grab a laptop and let’s log into OneNote and look at how this works! I am super excited for our class notebook 🙂

After a short OneNote lesson, go back to the journal entry you just wrote. Open up Microsoft Word. Take that brain-dump-journal-entry and use it as your jumping off point for your narrative essay about your cultural identity. Here is the full essay prompt:

Your assignment is to write a narrative essay of about 750 words explaining your cultural identity through a story. You should compose a thoughtful piece that shows your reader your cultural identity, rather than simply talking about it. Your paper should be typed in MLA format and uploaded to our class OneNote Notebook by the end of class on Friday, January 18th.

You will have the rest of class to work on your first draft of your paper. Tomorrow, we workshop!

Closing Session: VOCAB!!! Take ten minutes to copy these down and get their definitions. QUIZ ON FRIDAY!

  1. indignity
  2. reproach
  3. listlessly
  4. bellows
  5. mesmerizing
  6. trills
  7. arpeggio
  8. reverie
  9. fiasco
  10. nonchalantly

Assessment: Summative (cultural identity embedded assessment); formative (journal checks, discussion)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding), product (varied essay length or prompt)

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