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How do you turn unmotivated students into eager and accomplished essay writers? In this powerful resource, a master teacher gives you the tools you need to make this happen. Using his own original comic strips to engage students, the author demonstrates a variety of ways to teach students how to organize an essay, create vivid details, make effective word choices, and revise and proofread effectively. He provides rubrics to set clear expectations as well as samples essays that serve as models for students.

Help your high school and advanced Edusson composing middle school students get creative with this eight-day Personal Narrative essay writing mini-unit. Featuring models of one professional and three exemplar student-written personal narrative essays, this bundle of step-by-step materials will inspire even reluctant students to put pen to paper. Activities/handouts featuring modern design elements and dynamic lecture materials will guide your students to craft their own meaningful autobiographical incident essays. Just print and teach!

This budget-priced bundle of essay writing materials includes:
• Day-by-day calendar with helpful tips and nightly homework assignments for students (1-pg. PDF)
• Opening lecture detailing the qualities of Personal Narrative (Autobiographical Incident) essay writing (6-slide Powerpoint)
• One-day lesson focusing on analysis of an excellent professional example of a Personal Narrative essay (3-pg. PDF, including online links to access full-text of essay)
• Essay Assignment handout, with clear expectations to help with students’ organization (1-pg. PDF)
• Examples of strong Personal Narratives written by former students to serve as clear models for your current students (2-pg. PDF)
• Topic Suggestions handout to help students find a good story from their lives to use with this assignment (1-pg. PDF)
• Quickwrite brainstorming topics to allow for unique topics for four separate classes, along with a note to the teacher (9-slide Powerpoint)

• Storytelling Arc Lecture link detailing the successful steps that are included by writers who build satisfying stories (13-slide Prezi)
• Breaking Down the Story Steps handout to help students organize their Personal Narrative stories before they start to write the essay (1-pg. PDF)
• Show (Not Tell) Writing Assignment to help students practice descriptive writing techniques before they apply the skills to their own essays (1-pg. PDF)
• Sensory Questionnaire homework assignment to reinforce descriptive writing techniques (1-pg. PDF)
• How to Handle Dialogue handout to serve as a model for students as they add dialogue to their own Personal Narratives (1-pg. PDF)
• link detailing six specific techniques (participles, absolutes, appositives, adjectives shifted out of order, vivid verbs, and similes/metaphors) used by professional writers. Real-world examples from popular fiction included. (28-slide Prezi)
• Write Like a Pro worksheets/handout. Have students identify the techniques listed above and create their own sentences as they learn to use the techniques. Includes answer key. (4-pg. PDF)
• Applying Write Like a Pro, an activity where students identify the techniques used by a former student in yet another excellent sample essay. Includes answer key. (3-pg. PDF)
• Peer Editing Sheet with detailed, step-by-step directions to allow students help each other strengthen their writing (1-pg. PDF)
• Content Grading Rubric in both editable Word format and print-and-grade PDF format to help ease your grading load (2-pg. Word/PDF)