World Lit: Cultural Identity 4 – I Remember


  • ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.a Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.c Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.d Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.e Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
I can draft a narrative about my childhood that reveals my cultural identity.

Opening Session
Think of your most vivid childhood memory! Take a few minutes to come up with a good one, then I’ll call on a few volunteers to share. I’ll share mine first to get us started 🙂

We’re going to be writing an essay about our own personal cultural identities over the next couple days. Ultimately, these will be your essay requirements:

Write a narrative essay that shows your personal cultural identity through story. You may use the “I remember…” format given in class, or you may choose your own structure.

Your essay should be approximately 500 words, written in MLA format (Times New Roman 12, double spaced, MLA header) and turned in electronically to your teacher through Google Drive.

Work Session
I’ve got a drafting sheet for all to get started with today! The basic prompt we’re working with is pretty simple:

  • I remember…
  • I remember…
  • I remember…
  • But mostly I remember…

You’re going to spend the day doing a brainstorm/brain  dump/journal entry using that prompt. You should include sensory details such as sights, sounds, and smells. This draft will ultimately become your cultural identity narrative, so as you write, consider how the stories we have read this week revealed the characters’ cultural identities, and try to do the same thing in your own writing.

Closing Session
Exchange your draft with a partner and read your buddy’s writing. Give your partner some feedback on their writing, making at least two comments on things they did well, and two comments on things they could improve.

Summative (essay will be a major grade)

Process (scaffolded essay prompt or framework)

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