This Knowledge Set introduces historical thinking and inquiry skills as students examine letters from different periods in U.S history.
Target Grades & Subject(s): Grades 5-8; English-Language Arts
- Students will identify aspects of author’s craft (narrative elements, literary devices, word choice) and analyze how
these elements impact a reader’s experience of a story or poem. (CCSS RL.1, RL.3, RL.4)
- Students will write personal narratives and poems that are well-organized and include strong details. (CCSS.W.3)
Before Teaching this Series
- Introduce to personal narratives as stories that authors write about their lives and experiences. Ask students to
brainstorm ideas regarding how personal narratives might be different from other types of stories they have
read. Discuss: What is the value of writing stories about your life?
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