This unit is intended to be a beginning of year introduction to the genre of personal narrative, with the purpose of equipping students with a solid understanding and strong examples of personal narrative writing in preparation for writing their own. Students will begin by identifying the purpose for writing a personal narrative and then uncover the components of a quality personal narrative through discussion and dissection of six mentor texts. After determining the elements of a personal narrative, students will then use those elements as guidelines for identifying and improving upon the personal narratives of others. This unit culminates with a performance task requiring students to peer examine two “peer work samples”, both identifying strengths in the writing and areas where improvements could be made. Ideally, this unit would be immediately followed with a unit on personal narrative writing.
Delgado, Emily B., "Personal Narrative Genre Study [4th grade]" (2015). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 301.
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