A good idea is to prepare a small presentation about yourself - students will be extremely curious about their new teacher!
Give the a potted history of your life experience and tell them that over the year you will get to know all about them.
|Cray fishing with my uncle!|
Through your examples model a range of emotions - sadness, happiness, excitement, scariness etc. Demonstrate the idea of talking /writing as if you were back in the situation - what you felt, saw, heard etc.
|Helping catch the escaped rooster!|
The message you want to give them is that their lives are important and to write a good personal narrative it is important to focus on a particular event and recall as much as possible - how you felt as if you were still there. You are introducing them into the idea of quality thought rather than length.
After their work has been drafted out ( and quickly checked by you) their stories could be written for display. Later they may be able to add a digital photo or a drawing as well.
Student could be encouraged to complete a short narrative about their own lives each week? Such writing contributes to their sense of identity.
Beginning of school year blog.