This week we will begin our unit on narratives. Students will be writing multiple narratives in this unit as well as learning how to plan, organize, revise, and edit their narratives.
We will also be starting to read “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
Learning Objective: I can identify the key elements of narrative writing
Success Criteria: I will be able to name the key elements and identify why they are important using a graphic organizer
Students will be introduced to the topic of Narratives and taught the key elements as well as be given examples of exemplary narratives.
Learning Objective: I can write a summary of Chapter 1 in “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” using SWBST
Success Criteria: I will be able to read Chapter 1 in “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” and identify who the chapter is about (somebody), what they wanted (wanted), what the problem is (but), what they did (so), how the chapter ended (then) in a summary.
Students will start the book “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and work on summarizing the chapter using the modeled tool SWBST.
Learning Objective: I can use a rubric and pre-writing to start my narrative
Success Criteria: I will be able to start my narrative using elements from the rubric and my notes from yesterday
Students will begin writing a narrative about an interesting experience that taught them a lesson.
Learning Objective: I can compare the country Malawi to the USA and create a setting description from Chapter 1-2 in “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”
Success Criteria: I will be able to complete my compare and contrast venn diagram and write a paragraph about the setting using my paragraph organizer
Students will read chapter 2 and 3 in “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” and learn about the country Malawi. They will then compare and contrast the country to the USA and write a setting paragraph using a paragraph organizer format.
Learning Objective/Success Criteria: I will be able to write my first draft narrative using the examples, rubric, and notes given to me by my teacher.
Students will continue writing their first drafts of their narratives about an interesting experience that effected them. They will use resources such as class notes, example narratives, and the rubric to help guide their writing.
Learning Objective: I will be able to summarize chapter 4 and discuss the challenges William is facing
Success Criteria: I will be able to write a summary using the SWBST format and participate with thoughtful questions and/or comments during our class discussion that include evidence from the text
Students will read Chapter 4 in “The Boy who harnessed the wind” and then write a summary about it using SWBST format. After this, students will have a class discussion where they will talk about the struggles that William (the main character) faces.
Learning Objective: I will be able to revise my draft using leads, word choice, and dialogue tools to help guide me
Success Criteria: I will be able to use my resources to revise my draft. I will show my revisions with a different color highlight.
Students will use the resources given to them to revise their narratives. This will be a slow process because it is the first time we are using this method. Students will be reminded of the importance of revision and taught powerful strategies to help them become better revisors and therefore writers.
Learning Objective: I will be able to relate Williams challenges with my own and read Chapter 5.
Success Criteria: I will be able to analyze Williams challenges and compare/contrast them to my own on a venn diagram. I will also be able to complete reading chapter 5 and answer questions about it.
Students will be reading chapter 5 today and then analyzing Williams challenges. The goal is for them to start to form some empathy for him and to understand that although circumstances are very different, they still have many similarities. This is also when we will start talking about the norms of class discussions and how to use text evidence in our discussions.