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Narrative Reflection

Opening

Take a few minutes to thoughtfully answer the following questions.

  • On a scale of 1–5, how much effort did you put into your narratives? Explain.
  • On a scale of 1–5, how pleased are you with the results of your narratives? Explain.
  • What were some of the benefits to working with a writing group?
  • What were some of the challenges to working with a writing group?
  • How was this assignment different from writing an essay about the novel? Do you think you put in more, less, or a similar effort to what you would have done for a simpler writing assignment?
  • How did working with your character group and your community group as you read change your understanding of the novel? Did you enjoy that process, and would you recommend that classes use similar structures in the future?
  • What will you remember most about this novel? Five years from now, if someone asked you what it was about, what do you think you would say?
  • What did you learn about yourself as a student and writer? What do you hope to continue doing or change through the year?

Open Notebook

Share your responses with your classmates. What will you be most likely to carry forward with you from this unit?

Favorite Passage

Work Time

Look through both pieces of writing you have produced during this unit: Your Character Narrative and your personal narrative.

  • From each, mark your favorite passage: this should be at least several sentences long, and can be as long as two paragraphs.
  • Be prepared to explain why you chose each passage.
  • Follow your teacher’s instructions for sharing your favorite passages with your classmates. For each classmate’s work that you read, leave a positive comment about some aspect of your writing that you particularly enjoyed.
  • Then discuss with your classmates. What did you notice as your read your classmates’ work? Did any themes emerge? Did you notice similarities or differences between the personal narratives and the character narratives?

Unit Reflection

Work Time

Reflect on the work you and your classmates did during this unit. What themes came across in multiple pieces of writing? Think about how you and your classmates addressed some of the same themes that Chinua Achebe did in his work, and answer the following questions.

  • What themes came across in multiple pieces of writing?
  • Of these themes, which resonated most with you? Choose one.
  • How did Achebe’s work make you think about this theme differently? What about your own and your classmates’ work?
  • In what ways were Achebe’s work and your class’s work similar in addressing this theme? How did you address this theme differently?
  • Are there any universal lessons or statements to be made about this theme? Are there ways in which each experience is different in relation to this theme?
  • What new insights do you have after reading Achebe’s and your classmates’ work, and completing your own? What would you like to remember from this unit in the coming years?

Open Notebook

Share your reflection with your teacher.

Guiding Questions

Closing

Revisit the Guiding Questions. Respond to them in your Notebook. Compare your current thinking to your initial responses and note any changes.

  • How do our conflicts shape and show our character?
  • How can we tell a story about ourselves that’s both honest and positive?
  • How do definitions of justice change depending on the culture you live in?
  • What are ways individuals can react to a changing world? To a community that doesn’t accept us?

Open Notebook

Share your responses with your teacher.