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Grants: TeachNet Adaptors 2009
Narrative Writing for Publication
Name: Lashonda Randolph
School: M.S. 584
City: BROOKLYN, NY, 11213
Email LRandolph@schools.nyc.gov
Original Project: Narrative Writing for Publication
Author: Catherine Kelleher
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/ditmas/kelleher/narrative_index.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: Our students deal with many adult situations as children. This project was designed to help students express themselves without explicitly stating this. Students used personal experiences as the inspiration for characters and stories.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Students will be introduced to narratives by reading a short excerpt and determining the components of a narrative from the read aloud.
  Students will compare real-life people with fictional characters and then create fictional characters based on real-life people.
  Students will be able to express personal experience through writing fictional narratives.
  Students will reflect on their writings with an understanding of real-life situations.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: Students were able to use the computers to type their final pieces.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Through reading their drafts, questioning and conferencing, I was able to discuss a variety of writing skills and strategies. I was also able to discuss experiences that their characters were facing.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: I've always wanted to teach since I was a child. I started as a school aide for a few months,advanced to a Paraprofessional for ten years. I've been a teacher for five years with literacy as my focus.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: I recommend that teachers focus on students who are having personal issues. These lessons provide ways to bring about discussions that will allow students to release energy in a positive way.

Samples of Student Projects

  Students wrote journal responses in which they described a tragic incident.
  Crazy Day, Pt1.doc
  Students continued to add to the previous journal responses.
  Crazy Day, Pt2.doc
  Students wrote a fictional narrative story describing the lives of a group of friends. Students wrote a fictional narrative story as a continuation to the previous story.
  From the Streets to the Bed, Pt1.doc
  From The Streets to the Bed, Pt2.doc


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