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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