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Growing Up

Empowering our students as storytellers is as important as academic writing, so we are sharing a set of narratives that focus on a pivotal moment in the lives of a diverse set of writers. After a close study of these narrative models, students will try their own hand at sharing their stories of Growing Up.

CERCA Slides by Grade

Growing Up - Grade 5

Grade 5: How To Eat A Guava

Write a personal narrative about a moment when your life changed in an important way. (CCSS.RI.5.1-5.4; CCSS.W.5.2-5.9)

Growing Up - Grade 6

Grade 6: Ice

Write a personal narrative about an event that showed you something important about the kind of person you are.(CCSS.RI.6.2-6.6; CCSS.W.6.3-6.10)

Growing Up - Grade 7

Grade 7: The Little Things Are Big

Write a personal narrative that describes a single moment in which you made an important decision. (CCSS.RL.7.1-7.4; CCSS.W.7.2-7.10)

Growing Up - Grade 8

Grade 8: Off The Shelf

Write a personal narrative about a big risk you took using strong sensory details to describe the experience and your feelings about it. (CCSS.RI.8.1-8.4; CCSS.W.8.3-8.10)

Growing Up - Grade 9

Grade 9: Bridges

Write a personal narrative, using flashback and metaphor, about a special time you shared with an adult who matters to you. (CCSS.RI.9-10.5; CCSS.W.9-10.10)

Growing Up - Grade 10

Grade 10: Picnic Geese

Write a personal narrative about an event that revealed something surprising or contradictory about someone you thought you knew well, either at the time or in hindsight. (CCSS.RL.9-10.5; CCSS.W.9-10.9)

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Grade 11: Should I Wear Hijab?

Use symbolism and historical context to write a personal narrative about an object of significance in your life. (CCSS.RL.11-12.6; CCSS.W.11-12.2)

Growing Up - Grade 12

Grade 12: The Party

Use allusions and juxtapositions to write a personal narrative about a time when you felt out of place or even like an outcast.. (CCSS.RI.11-12.4; CCSS.W.11-12.10)

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