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Instructors: Nathan Phillips

Date(s) 10/14/15-10/17/15
Personal Narrative/Artifact Lesson

Knowledge: Articulate personal experiences into text, using an artifact to aid in

the writing of a text, identifying argumentative statements
1. Students will understand how to develop a story about them that intrigues the
audience with facts, opinions, etc.
2. Students can identify a cultural artifact that had meaning in their life.
3. Students will develop a classroom culture by accepting others stories.
1. Bring in my own artifact and explain to the class what it is. Tell them the story
behind it that I experienced and how it has made me better as a learner or
2. Have students get into small groups and brainstorm artifact ideas.
3. Students will read the short literature I present to them about an artifact and
then discuss the meaning behind the artifact.
4. I will break down how the author writes the narrative.
5. Students will select an artifact; students will have the option to share their
artifact with the class.
6. Students will write their narrative in class.
American Sniper passage
Cultural artifact
Laptop, or paper to write narrative
Reflection Worksheet
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques
such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of
the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and
supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating
implications or the significance of the topic).
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update
individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback,
including new arguments or information.

Essential Questions:
Students should consider these questions:

1. What kind of artifact is meaningful to my story?

2. How can I write a story about myself that would be interesting to others?
3. How can I analyze others personal narrative and model some of them in my
own writing?
- Write a personal narrative about a moment in time that provides meaning for them and
how that artifact impacted him/her.
- Peer review others narratives and identify writing strategies.

Summative & Formative Assessments, Performance Task(s) & Other

Evidence i.e. Pre-assessments, Unit Tests, Quizzes, Essays, Exit Cards, etc.
1. Exit slips-write how they feel about the assignment, regarding their confidence
2. Post assignment reflection worksheet

-Give students that are uncomfortable public speaking about personal subject
manner the option to research one of three cultural artifacts, and relate the artifact to
-Students can meet with me prior to discuss the artifact and their thoughts.
What Do I Do If My Students Do Not Understand?
-If my students are struggling with picking a personal cultural artifact or with the
concept of writing about themselves I will give them the option to write about one of
three particular objects I have previously chosen for them to write about. They can
write about what that object means to a particular culture and they can build into
how it impacts their life, if it does at all.