Writing a Narrative Essay

Imagine using narrative essays to encourage change. This multi-week unit plan does just that. After reading a series of articles from Tyson Miller's Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America, class members examine the methods authors employ in their narratives, and then develop their own original narrative essay that addresses an issue they recognize in current events and in their own lives.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have writers submit their essay to the Dream of a Nation website
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson requires access to Tyson Miller's Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America
  • A link to strategies for helping readers comprehend the readings is provided
  • The five-page packet identifies essays from Dream of a Nation that correspond to the assignment, links to other famous narrative essays, detailed directions, and a project rubric
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