Narrative Writing

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Narrative Writing:

…beyond the middle school essay Narrative Writing

Theme Exploration:

Theme Exploration

First Steps: Read &Ponder:

First Steps: Read &Ponder

My Name:

Our names are central to how we view ourselves in society. What does your name mean to you? Is there a story about why your parents gave you your particular name? Has your name been a source of strong feelings? If so, what feelings and how did they arise? Is there a childhood story associated with your name? Think about your name. What does it mean to you? What does it say about you? What is the history of your name? Answer one, all, or none of the above questions. Write for 20-30 minutes, nonstop. Take a break. When you return, revise your writing as a complete story (1-2 ¶s). My Name

My Family:

My Family Look at your favorite family picture and describe what you see. Who is in the picture? What is their relationship to you? Why did you choose this picture? Have the people changed since the picture was taken? Have you changed since the picture was taken? How would you describe your relationship with the people in the photo? What emotions do the people in the photo make you feel? Think about your family. What do they mean to you? How has your family made you who you are? What is your family history? Answer , one, all, or none of the above questions. Write for 20-30 minutes, nonstop. Take a break. When you return, revise your writing as a complete story (1-2 ¶s). Our families can have a powerful influence over how we view ourselves.

My Language:

My Language How many languages, or varieties of language do you speak? What language(s) do you speak at home? Work? School? With your friends? If you only speak one language, do you always speak the same way or do you change the tone, or words, or volume in different situations? Why? What does all this say about you? Do you want to learn any other languages? If so, why? What about your ancestors: do they speak a language or languages you don’t speak? Why? Answer one, all, or none of the above questions. Write for 20-30 minutes, nonstop. Take a break. When you return, revise your writing as a complete story (1-2 ¶s). The languages we use with our family, friends, and colleagues are as much a part of who we are as our talents, personality, or the clothes we wear.

My Identity:

My Identity How do you identify yourself to others? Who are you to your friends, to your family, to strangers? Who are you at school, work, or other locations such as church or the gym? What about ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ableness , are any of these categories important to how you view yourself? If so, which ones and why? If not, why not? Think about your identity. How would you describe yourself? What does this description say about you? What is the history of your identity? Have you changed? Have you always been the same? Answer one, all, or none of the above questions. Write for 20-30 minutes, nonstop. Take a break. When you return, revise your writing as a complete story (1-2 ¶s). There are numerous ways to identify who we are. Who are you?

Words of Wisdom:

Words of Wisdom

Next Steps: Peer Feedback:

Next Steps: Peer Feedback

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