A Guest Post by Margarita Robledo

This week, we are excited to have Margarita Robledo as our guest blogger. Below she will share a little bit about herself and a writing lesson she created. Enjoy!

My name is Margarita Robledo, I am a versatile professional with a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in bilingual education (Spanish – English). I have more than twenty years of experience working with International Schools, both as a self-contained Spanish and English teacher. I have been working with The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) for fifteen years.

I am currently teaching fourth grade at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe Elementary School in North Carolina, and I have been working with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools since 2012. The professional experience that I have acquired here has been truly fulfilling.

My background in this dual language school has been very enriching for my professional career. I had the opportunity to be part of a team that produced, evaluated and implemented Biliteracy units of study. I would like to share with you all an exemplary writing lesson I planned for my fourth-grade class.

Writing Lesson: Personal Narratives   

Date: 05/08/2017  

Common Core Writing standards:

W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Key Vocabulary: Personal narrative, develop, experiences, events, effective technique, descriptive details, sequence
Activity 2: Generating Ideas

Content Objective: Students generate possible ideas for writing a personal narrative. Students identify the features of a personal narrative.

Language Objective: Students list important moments, events, and people in their lives for their future narratives using a graphic organizer.


  • Connection: Turn and talk to your partner and share what you know about personal narratives. Yesterday, we were talking about how writers look for their inspiration to write their stories and books.
  • Teaching Point: Today, I am going to teach you how writers get ideas for writing their stories by remembering important moments in their lives.
  • Teach: Personal narratives have a clear point of view, usually first person. Most of them are about things that have happened to the author, such as happy moments, sad moments, adventures and more.
  • Let’s see how we can use a graphic organizer (see image below) to generate possible ideas for writing a personal narrative. Have students brainstorm some important events in their lives and share out loud. 

  • Have students complete the assessment piece (see below).
  • Call students back to the carpet. Every student will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and to listen to a partner. Then, they can spontaneously participate in the whole class discussion.

Assessment 2: Today, we will be like the real writers. Let’s brainstorm and complete a graphic organizer about important events, people, places or things in our life. This will lead to future personal narratives. You can include ideas from when you were little, things that you like to share with your family, moments and special people.

Summarizing strategy: Exit Ticket

  • Write one new thing that you learned about a personal narrative.
  • Write one example of a topic you would use to write a personal narrative.
School Involvement: The following letter was sent to the school staff. The students will either hear the teachers telling their narratives or read the written examples done by teachers.

Dear Staff,

The 4th Grade is working on writing personal narratives, and we need your help! We would like you to come and share some examples of your personal narratives! If you have time to write one or already have an example of one please bring it. We would love for you to come to our class and read them to the kids. Please print it out and bring it so we can let the kids use it later for ideas. If you would like to participate, we will be working on this during our Writing Workshop time every day from 9:00 to 10:00 or 10:20 to 11:20 during this month.

Please email me and let me know if you can help support us!

This lesson can be seen in the video below. The video also includes me teaching a writing small group, students writing independently, and more!

I hope you enjoyed watching my lesson on personal narratives!

Margarita Robledo

4th Grade Teacher at FPG Bilingüe

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