Students will explore the genre of personal narrative and write about significant topics from their lives. They will engage in three important elements of personal narrative – sensory detail, change, and cultivating an individual voice – and they will think about how to integrate these elements into their writing. Socially, they will ask one another questions about their writing and give feedback in helpful and respectful ways. Students will also practice giving their full attention to the person who is speaking and expressing interest in other people’s writing.
“No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader. For me the initial delight is in the surprise of remembering something I didn’t know I knew.” – Robert Frost
“Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” – Henry James