Stories are how we connect as a culture. By infusing personal stories, or narrative, into the curriculum, a teacher can inspire students to be creative and expressive, while supporting their connection to those around them and their literacy skills.

This course is designed to engage fifth- to 12th-grade teachers of all disciplines in teaching personal narrative in the classroom. You will learn what narrative writing is and how it supports students’ reading, writing, and comprehension as well as critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. You will cultivate techniques for teaching the components of effective narrative essays and how to build richly crafted personal narratives. In addition, you will learn about the writing process, group work, peer review, formative and summative assessment, and lesson planning.

Using the tools from this course, both you and your students will learn the power, joy, and versatility of narrative in the classroom. After all, everyone has a story to tell.