Teaching Imagery with Gary Paulsen
- Grades: 6–8
Students will read excerpts from memoirs written by Gary Paulsen as examples of how to write a narrative piece.
- Demonstrate the ability to read independently for extended periods of time to derive pleasure and to gain information
- Draw conclusions and make inferences about the text
- Use skimming and scanning techniques
- Analyze figurative language: imagery
- Use graphic representations such as charts, graphs, pictures, and graphic organizers as information sources and as a means of organizing information and events logically
- Classify and organize information by categorizing and sequencing
- Present his or her research findings in a variety of formats
Lesson Plans for this Unit
My Own Memoir
Students use the lessons on imagery to write a personal narrative. This memoir must contain imagery, and you may want to require other examples of figurative language as well. The length of this memoir depends on how much class time you can offer students to work on this and the level at which your students understand the skill.