Personal Narrative Teacher Resources
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Writing a Personal Narrative
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.
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.
Strategies for Organization and Elaboration of Personal Narrative
Personal narrative writing is usually a favorite form of writing for youngsters because they get to write about a personal experience. The lesson 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.
I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object
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!
Oral History through Personal Narratives
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.
Writing a 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.
Writing a Personal Narrative For Tests
In this writing a personal narrative for tests learning exercise, 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.
Dad Came to the Dance: Personal Narrative
In this writing a personal narrative learning exercise, 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.
Girls Around the World: Communicating Through First-Person Narratives
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.
Context Clues, Plot Structure, Conflict, and Personal Narrative Essay
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.
Mapping Personal Narratives
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 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.
Two perspectives on slavery: A comparison of personal narratives
Eleventh graders read and analyze personal narratives written by two North Carolinians: Mary Norcott Bryan and William Henry Singleton. In this Literature lesson, 11th graders compare these two narratives. Students analyze how an author's values, cultural background, and social experiences influence a text.
Writing a Personal Narrative
Learners 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.
I'm a Changed Pig
Introduce your class to fairy tales with this activity. After reading the fractured fairy tale, "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig," third, fourth, and fifth graders write a personal narrative as a response to the fairy tale. They compare and contrast the classic fairy tale with the fractured story, completing a graphic organizer to showcase their thoughts.
Exploring First-Person Female Narratives Related to Sherman's March to the Sea
“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.
Does a Picture Always Say a Thousand Words?
Students read and discuss "Enigmatic Portraits of Teen-Agers Free of All Context," then choose a photograph and write a first-person narrative from the perspective of the subject.
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.
Where Do I Begin?
Writers learn how to create an interesting beginning for their own personal narrative. They participate in a teacher guided mini-lesson about how to begin a story. They work through guided practice and finally write three beginnings to a personal narrative from their writing collection. They edit the beginnings with a partner to choose the best one.
Telling Our Stories of Giving - Writing to Persuade
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!