Everyone Has a Story (ELA)

In this unit, students learn to write about themselves by first analyzing audio stories and excerpts from published memoirs and then developing their own short memoirs about an incident they have never forgotten. 
Students examine how writers apply literary techniques, such as narrative arc, point of view, characterization, and figurative and sensory language, to narrate true stories that enlighten, amuse, and emotionally move their readers.

Length: 15 50-minute sessions

Unit Project Description
Students write short memoirs based on significant or dramatic incidents or moments from their lives. They apply what they have learned about literary elements to make their personal stories engaging to an audience. They critique their own work, revise their drafts, and receive final feedback from peers.

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