Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
4. Using Mentor Texts to Write Personal Narrative Small Moment Stories (First Grade)
KATHLEEN M. ALLEY
This lesson is a part of a larger unit on small moment personal narratives. In the unit, children take moments from their lives and describe them using detail. This lesson takes place after the class read mentor texts to discover the characteristics of “small moment” stories.
• First grade classroom
• Rural, middle-class school district in southeastern United States
• Watson Elementary School; public school, 1,078 students in grades Pk–5; 58% minority students, 62% economically disadvantaged
• Class: 11 males, 12 females; 3 ESL, 8 black, 3 multiracial, 6 Latina/Latino, 1 Asian, 5 white.
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