By Jazmin Cruz
On July 8, 2020, Kelly Gallagher hosted a webinar on narrative writing and how that looks like during online instruction. Although Gallagher's webinar is unavailable for viewing, this blog offers a recap of the resources shared by Gallagher and our learning community of in-service teachers, pre-service teachers, specialists, directors, researchers, and doctoral students.
Why Narrative Writing?
In his webinar, Kelly Gallagher discussed why narrative writing is crucial for students of all grade levels. He notes that:
Gallagher makes a point that students' stories matter to engage, to connect, and to persuade. He also argues that the ability to tell stories that only students themselves can tell is an important life skill. The skills students learn when writing a strong narrative are not genre-specific, rather they will use these skills across genres.
How can you introduce narrative writing?
One of the ways Gallagher suggested to incorporate narrative writing is by weaving it with argumentative writing to create a multi-genre writing assignment. (For more on multi-genre writing, read Jeremy Hyler's blog here) Educators can weave stories into texts
What can student's write about?
Keep in mind that students need feedback while they are creating. Gallagher uses peer review and one-to-one feedback with his own students. He points out that a teacher's response should place you as an ally to the writer.
A Writer's Notebok
Gallagher talked about some activities he does with his students to encourage writing in their notebooks. These included
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