These lessons are used as introduction for young writers to use a writer's notebook and learn the writing process. These lessons will lead to writing the personal narrative.

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Using Julia Cameron's book The Right to Write, An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life students will feel empowered to use their writing notebooks in their everyday life. Students will then examine ways from Ralph Fletcher to use their notebooks in everyday life. This resource is part of the Personal Narrative collection.
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Students must learn where they are going with the writers process. This introduction to the Writing Process will be referred to throughout the unit and even throughout the year in writing class. Students will be introduced to and taken through the entire cyclical process of Collecting Choosing Nurturing Drafting Revising Editing Publishing This resource is part of the Personal Narrative collection.
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A quick write is a 3-5 minute activity that releases creativity in the students and generates ideas for writing class. Students are given a prompt and asked to write silently for 3-5 minutes about anything that comes to mind in their writer's notebook. During the personal narrative unit students can enter the room and immediately write for 3-5 solid minutes as bell work. The teacher can offer a sharing time or wait until the end of class. I find in the first weeks of school students enjoy sharing. I allow some sharing immediately after the quick write session. They enjoy it so much it is later a class reward. I will hold this off until the end of class and offer it as a reward to the class for a hardworking day. This resource is part of the Personal Narrative collection.
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This is a quick write technique for students to get writing about their personal life. Students read the example random autobiography and write one of their own. This will free ideas for them to use in later personal narrative writing. This resource is part of the Personal Narrative collection.
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