Discovering the Heart of Your Story. Food Narratives. Adapted from Oakland Schools Curriculum Unit Lesson Series Launching the Reader ’ s/Writer ’ s Notebook: Personal Narrative. Teaching Point #4: Re-Reading.
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Adapted from Oakland Schools Curriculum Unit
Launching the Reader’s/Writer’s Notebook:
Writers often re-read to select an entry in the writer’s notebook to revise and publish. As they review past narratives, they discover the significance of their stories so they can expand their writing. They search for parts that surprise them, repeated words or lines or images or ideas, or a line that catches their attention.
“Fortunately, writing is fun. Hard fun, but fun because it is hard, because it is significant play. We do not know what we will say until we say it and so we discover, by writing, what we have seen, what we have learned, what we have lived and what it means.”
- Donald Murray
The heart of the story is the author’s true meaning – what he or she wants you to understand about the event and how it changed him or her.
dialog, similes, metaphors, repetition, technique, emotion, etc.
As a group, decide what the central idea—the heart—of the story is.
SHARE WITH THE CLASS...
You will use the reading and evaluation process to focus and write a new draft or to insert passages (stuff) to revise a current draft.