Sample Lesson Plan for Creative Nonfiction: The Personal Essay


Choose an essay from The Common and prepare and deliver an oral report in class on the piece, focusing on an aspect of craft: research, voice, style, place, point of view, and the development of the “I” character, as well as characterization of other characters in the piece.

Adapted from Rebecca Chace, Director of Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Sample Lesson Plan for Creative Nonfiction: The Personal Essay

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Sample Lesson Plans for Literature and Creative Writing Courses

Ask student groups or individual students to lead discussions on essays and poems from a single issue, identifying specific attributes of place-based writing and how that might apply to their own writing and/or how they perceive the places they inhabit.

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Sample Lesson Plan for Literature in Translation

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In this exercise you will explore the multidimensionality of a poem, essay, or story by “living with” the author and translator: reading and thinking about their work every day for a week. This is a multi-step assignment so read carefully and make sure you plan in advance.

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Resources to help you plan for the fall semester

We know this fall’s going to be a weird one. We’re here to help with your classroom (or home school) planning!  Here’s one thought:  Give your students a break from the screen by putting print issues of The Common in their hands– just $20/student:  Two issues for each student, free desk copies for teachers (that means you too, parents!),