|Students brainstorm words that represent themselves.
They select one word on which to focus that best reflects their unique experience.
They participate in a "quick write" in which they draft their own pieces based on the word of their choice.
Choose volunteers to sit in the author's chair and read their pieces aloud to the class.
Class discussion ensues and the volunteers receive feedback.
Create a plan for furthering this draft.
Which part needs to be explained more?
Is there a point at which my story lacks vivid details?
What other word associations can be made to allow me to explore my unique experiences more profoundly?