Tagged Personal Narrative

The Feminist in Me

by Tuhfa Begum This essay appears in Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, published by Tin House Books in October 2018.   It started with an insult, when we collided at the front door of school at eight o’clock on a Monday morning and I dropped an armful of feminist…

Bats in the Belfry

Bats in the Belfry by Jayden (7th grade) I have always wondered what it feels like when you die. What channels it? I have been thinking about this ever since my mother died on April 3, 2013. Yet, I have faced worse challenges than this. Welcome, take a seat while I talk to you about…

I Am Good Vibes

I AM GOOD VIBES is an anthology of personal narrative essays and one collaborative poem by the seventh-grade students of Washington Heights Academy. The title comes from a warm-up activity wherein all students participated in completing the prompts, “I am…,” “I was…,” “I’m afraid…,” and “I hope…” thus illustrating their hopes and fears and examining…

Unexpected Greatness

I am from the Bronx. I grew up about 15 mins away from Van Nest Academy in the Pelham Parkway. When I was in 7th grade, college to me was only a dream. I didn’t know how realistic of an option it was at that time, but I held that thought dear to my heart…

Urban Writers

Urban Writers is a collection of personal narrative essays written by the 7th grade students of MS340 in Brooklyn, New York. The title is devised by the students of 730, reflective of the place they found themselves when tasked to navigate their sense of self in relationship to their environment. Working in conjunction with College…

Value Exploration and Personal Narrative

By Samantha LoCoco In this lesson on personal narrative, T&W teaching artist Samantha LoCoco helps seventh-graders begin to articulate the values that are most important to them, and to realize how those values shape who they are as individuals.  Grade: 7 Genre: Personal Narrative  Download: Value Exploration and Personal Narrative  Common Core State Standards:  (Refer to…

Dear Diary…

By Bushra Rehman In the following lesson plan writer Bushra Rehman considers diary writing as a vehicle to explore personal experience. Grade: 5 Genre: Prose Download: Dear Diary… Common Core State Standards: (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade 5) ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.B: Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and…

I Am Someone

I Am Someone is an anthology of personal narrative essays and two collaborative poems by the seventh-grade students of West Bronx Academy for the Future. The title comes from a warm-up activity wherein all students participated in completing the prompts, “I am…,” “I was…,” “I’m afraid…,” and “I hope…” thus illustrating their hopes and fears…

4 Ways of Looking at a Mentor Text: Incidental Comics

by Tricia Ebarvia This article was originally published at movingwriters.org. The school year is winding down—and I find myself thinking more and more of warm poolside days—yet everywhere I turn, rich mentor texts seem to come my way. I’ll find something and think, “Oh, that would have been perfect to use with ____” or “That would have…

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