This is a very structured, scaffolded writing assignment that may best be used for the middle levels.


  • Language Arts > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


Personal Narrative Writing



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LA.4-5.3.A.2: English Language Arts

Write paragraphs that include a variety of sentence types; appropriate use of the eight parts of speech; and accurate spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

LA.4-5.3.B.2a: English Language Arts

Generate and organize ideas using a variety of planning strategies (e.g., mapping, outlining, drafting).

LA.4-5.3.B.2b: English Language Arts

Establish central idea, organization, elaboration and unity in relation to purpose and audience.

LA.4-5.3.B.2c: English Language Arts

Expand ideas by using modifiers, subordination and standard paragraph organization.

LA.4-5.3.B.2d: English Language Arts

Edit documents for clarity, subjectivity, pronoun-antecedent agreement, adverb and adjective agreement and verb tense; proofread for spelling, capitalization and punctuation; and ensure that documents are formatted in final form for submission and/or publication.

LA.4-5.3.C.2a: English Language Arts

Write for a variety of purposes and for specified audiences in a variety of forms including narrative (e.g., fiction, autobiography), expository (e.g., reports, essays) and persuasive writings (e.g., editorials, advertisements).

LA.4-5.3.C.2b: English Language Arts

Produce and format compositions for specified audiences using available technology.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-12-05.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This comprehensive unit begins with a letter to students and parents explaining an extensive unit on Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Through reading The Giver, the students work will consist of looking at themes of social construction, socialization, coming of age, family and relationships, fairness, conformity and utopian visions. The unit continues with an explicit grading system, a general daily lesson plan for 30 days, many days of detailed lesson plans (which include the use of relevant news articles, as well as fables), various rubrics for oral and written presentations, graphic organizers, and a variety of other possible collateral readings of myths and fables. Throughout the unit, the students will read and engage in writing assignments, discussion assignments, and group work assignments. Class participation is a critical part of assessment.

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