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Whether you need to supplement your narrative writing unit or you'd like to start from scratch, a thorough unit plan can be a helpful way to guide learners through personal narratives. The plan has complete learning goals and instructions, as well as graphic organizers for kids to plan out their writing. Use all 69 pages in your planning, or select the parts you'd like to use to fill in any unit gaps.
Personal narrative writing is usually a favorite form of writing for youngsters because they get to write about a personal experience. The lesson plan here asks pupils to take a piece of narrative writing and improve it by following guidelines in a revision checklist. The checklist has them focus on word choice, sentence structure, and ways to eliminate details that don't really need to be in the story. Upon completion, everyone reads their revised stories to the class.
What is the difference between a news story and a personal narrative? This plan has learners write a personal narrative using the topic of service projects in their community. Consider completing a cross-curricular extension by bringing in a speaker or sketching scenes to accompany the narrative. 
Ninth graders use the story elements of art and literature of the 1950s by developing a story, comprehending someone else's story, and diagramming the five elements of plot. They create, revise, edit, and publish their own personal narrative.
The learners create a personal narrative on their experiences with immigration. In this lesson, students are asked to read and understand examples of narrative writing as well as evaluate lyrics from Ben Folds Five to determine elements of personal narration. they will be asked to identify these elements set within the immigration experience in lyrics from Bruce Springsteen. The activity is to generate their own personal narrative.
Students learn characteristics of an effective personal narrative.  In this personal narrative lesson, students discover ways to show rather than tell, adding richness and detail to their writing.  Students evaluate a news article for effectiveness and write their own personal narrative.
In this writing a personal narrative for tests worksheet, students read tips to understand the prompt, to find a good topic, to organize your ideas, to write a good beginning, to develop and elaborate ideas, to write a strong ending, and to check their work.
In this writing a personal narrative worksheet, students read a sample personal narrative and respond to 3 short answer questions. Students then use a graphic organizer to plan their own personal narrative.
Teams select a society to investigate and create a chart comparing and contrasting the status of girls in that society with their own. They then craft and illustrate a personal narrative written from the point of view of a girl living in that society. Richly detailed, the lesson also includes a list of bookmarked sites.
Learners generate a list of components for a personal narrative. They analyze a popular song that contains these elements and then write a piece to document a written snapshot of a personal experience.
Young scholars discuss the characteristics of a personal narrative and the features that make a personal narrative appealing to the reader. They listen to a story that includes a personal narrative and then students write their own personal narrative.
Second graders write a personal narrative using webs they created and a story map worksheet. In this personal narrative lesson plan, 2nd graders make lists of ideas to write about and pick one to focus on.
Students complete a variety of computer file pre-writing activities to help them prepare for writing a personal narrative. They focus on including a beginning, middle and end to their narrative. They make a class book.
Binoculars are used as a metaphor for good descriptive writing. Class members first view a small picture and then an enlarged view of the same image in which the details come into focus. Next, learners examine a paragraph lacking sensory details and one rich in description. Finally, class members craft their own personal narratives. Prompts, story ideas, check lists, and assessments are included in this richly detailed plan.
Pupils define the characteristics of a personal narrative, explain the difference between a 'memoir' and an 'autobiography', and create a reading journal in which they will log their reading activities. In this personal narrative lesson plan, students listen to the beginning of a variety of memoirs and autobiographies and participate in class discussion to identify characteristics of these personal narratives.
What are the elements of a personal narrative? Get your class talking by reading "The Necklace" and "A Dangerous Game." The lesson focuses primarily on defining certain vocabulary terms (like context clues, plot, conflict, climax, etc.) and identifying components of a text. Unfortunately, no specific questions or prompts are provided for the teacher, just a few paragraphs summarizing what the teacher will discuss. 
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a basket. Use the included worksheets, pictures, and research activities to get your class further exploring this style of creative writing. By the end of these four days of planned activities, your young writers will be able to tackle their own first-person narrative!   
“First-Person Narratives of the American South,” a collection of primary source materials, offer class members a chance to compare the views of two women who experienced Major General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea. Using the provided worksheet, groups focus their comparisons on the women’s views on slavery, their experience of the march, or their beliefs. For the male perspective of this event a link to the journal of George Washington Baker is provided. 
A basic lesson on personal narrative writing is here for you. In it, learners are asked to imagine they're going to share an experience of their own with someone who did not participate in that experience. They verbally tell the story to one of their peers, then come back together and share how they knew the proper way to sequence the story, what words indicated who was telling the story, and which words made the story more interesting. A list is created, then pupils draw from that list to sit down and write the story on paper. 
After identifying the parts of a persuasive piece of writing, young writers explore different prewriting activities for the persuasive essay. They have the option to write a news article, personal narrative, or persuasive essay to describe a personal service experience. Middle schoolers appreciate getting to choose their own assignment! 

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