8th graders have been hard at work on writing narratives. We started the unit by pondering the Haper Lee quote, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” from To Kill a Mockingbird. Students then engaged in a thoughtful discussion about empathy and perspective.
The following day, when they walked into class, each student discovered they had a shoe placed on top of their desk. For 35 minutes, students journaled about the shoe’s appearance. They also created a fictitious owner of the shoe. They answered questions to help them develop the character of the owner of the shoe.
The next day, students reviewed the elements of a narrative in preparation for writing their first big essay of the year. The owner of the shoe they created became the main character of their narrative. Students are writing their rough drafts so that they are prepared to revise/edit by the end of next week.
I’m really looking forward to reading what students were able to create!