1. Topic-
Indelible Moments: How We Come into Focus through Story-telling
2. Content-
Building Community Through Story-telling
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Create student centered classroom
2. Have students recognize shared experience of classroom community
3. Build community through story-telling; social support
4. Objectives-
1.Introduce classroom rituals and expectations
2.Introduce collaborative group work in classroom
3.Provide students with opportunity to practice personal, expressive narrative writing
5. Materials and Aids-
Copies of "Eleven," by S. Cisneros
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

"We all have moments that stick out in our minds and essentially make up who we are. Whether it is a moment when a teacher embarrassed us, or a time when we scored the winning goal, each and every one of us possesses these indelible moments. Our goal for today is to penetrate these moments through narrative and descriptive writing."

B. Development-

1.Teacher,verbally models his own "indelible moments," making sure to include both a "school" story and a personal story.

C. Practice-

1.Students will "brainstorm" for "indelible moments" in their own lives. They will jot down "titles" or prompts of story.

( What stories do you have? Jot down some ideas!)

2. Teacher reads mentor text, "Eleven," by Cisneros, as an example of quality writing oriented around an "indelible moment."

D. Independent Practice-

1. Students will choose one title or prompt from their brain-storming activity to construct an "indelible moments" piece.
2. Next, students will read their piece to a partner, while the other student listens for a particularly striking or interesting detail, or something they want to know more about.
3. Each student will select one excerpt from their piece which they wish to share with the class. They will write it on a piece of paper, while teacher passes the excerpts randomly to each student.
4. Each student will reach another student's "indelible" moments" excerpt pop-corn style.

E. Closure-

"Indelible Moments" remind us that we have all been there, including Cisneros, a highly respected, widely publicized author. It is moments like these that breathe life into our writing and remind us that the human experience is creatively generative and socially unifying.

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