Actual email exchange with student
Student: About the personal narrative. Does it have to be a COMPLETELY true story? Or can I … change it a little bit? Thank you.
Me (Teacher): Well, personal does mean true. It needs to be the real deal, no fiction parts.
Student: Okay. I will try to find something true.
She hasn’t learned yet that truth is often stranger than fiction!
The girl’s topic? She wrote (brilliantly) about the day she couldn’t think of anything to write.