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. The teacher 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. The teacher will understand and develop the components of effective narrative essays and also build richly crafted personal narratives to serve as models in his or her own classroom. In addition, the teacher will learn about the writing process, group work, peer review, formative and summative assessment, and lesson planning.

This course aims to provide the teacher with the tools to engage all students, including English language learners and exceptional students. Students and teachers alike will learn the power, joy, and versatility of narrative in the classroom. After all, everyone has a story to tell.