Tagged Personal Narrative

Opening Up

by Meek Thomas This essay appears in Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, published by Tin House Books in October 2018.     Ms. Sears, our school’s guidance counselor, greets me with a smile—protocol, I’m guessing, because no one is ever that happy, especially not someone whose job is to…

Defining the Self in College Application Essays

by Alice Pencavel Objectives for Students:  To connect observations of their external world with the nuances of their inner world. To garner a deepened understanding of how the senses inform good writing. To generate material students can use for college application essays. Guiding Questions:  Who are you in relation to your environment? What is “self”?…

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…

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