Session 2: Calling on All Strategies to Write Up a Storm
I am SO impressed with all of your observations skills and abilities to recognize strong writing strategies from Ai’s personal narrative.
Check out the new chart! (Add to your Mini-Lesson notes)
Strategies for Generating Personal Narrative Topics
- Think of a person that matters to you, list small moment topics, choose one, and write a story
Published writers think of a PLACE that matters and make a quick sketch jotting down powerful, small moments from that place.
Today, we will be learning from a Newbery Award winning author, Jack Gantos!
Let’s study Jack Gantos’s neighborhood map.
- Even though there are lots of pictures and captions, it is still of one very specific place: the house and yard where he grew up.
- Each detail on the map could turn into a whole story capturing the small moment that happened there.
- Every picture is a personal narrative WAITING to be written!
Add this idea for generating narrative writing ideas to your mini-lesson notes:
- Think about a place that matters, use pictures and quick notes to jot about the small moments that occurred there, choose one and write the whole story
Think of a place that matters to you– a place where you have spent a great deal of time.
Create a sketch of this place that you will use as a “jumping point” and inspiration for today’s (and potentially future) writing tasks.
- Write a personal narrative about an positive or negative “small moment” experience
- Include characters (you and someone important)
- Make it powerful– one “episode” with detail (not a summary over a stretch of time)
- Have readers picture the episode with a small action and exact dialogue