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The goal of this unit is for students to write their own personal narrative. Students will understand that writing a personal narrative is not only applicable to the classroom. They will understand the value of reflecting on past experiences and use that knowledge in the future.

They will take an essay through all five steps of the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Throughout the unit, students will be introduced to and apply new strategies to their own writing to help with pre-writing, revising and editing. These strategies will improve their writing, and students will be able to see the value in using them. Students will also practice their command of standard conventions of the English language.

The long-term goal is for students to be able to complete an essay on their own and finish with a polished piece of writing. At the end of this unit, students will also have a better idea as to how to create a “good” piece of writing versus just hoping to “be lucky.”

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