OVERVIEW OF THE ASSIGNMENT
It may seem unusual to assign students to write their own obituary, but writing these brief narrative essays offers an opportunity for self-reflection. It is also a good way to practice writing a paragraph and using description. Finally, having students read one another's obituaries is an excellent way for students to get to know one another.
ADVICE FOR THE INSTRUCTOR
Step 1: Read sample obituaries in the newspaper and discuss the elements of an obituary.
Be sure to emphasize that a good obituary should exhibit the elements of a strong paragraph.
Step 2: Students write their own obituaries.
Step 3: Students read and respond to one another's obituaries.
This can be a good way to start using peer review or to get students comfortable with sharing their writing.
HANDOUTS FOR OBITUARY UNIT
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