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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.
Upper elementary learners listen to and examine a variety of personal narratives before they write their own. Using computers, they research how to write a personal narrative. Then, they type and present their own personal narrative to the class. Their classmates listen critically to their work and offer helpful suggestions. Note: Extend the technology aspect by having them include pictures taken on a digital camera.
After writing a personal narrative, learners edit their work and that of their classmates. Using the imbedded link, pupils edit their paper. They form small groups and check each other's papers for spelling, grammar usage, sentence structure, etc. Final drafts are submitted for assessment. Note: The imbedded link is an excellent tool for self-editing.
Begin writing personal narratives in this writing instructional activity. Junior high writers start by writing a journal about their favorite holiday. They read a book at their skill level and use graphic organizers to record their ideas for writing. Working in small groups, classmates edit and help each other add details. They can create visuals using PowerPoint to present to the class.
Kids will think of a special time they spent with a special person as inspiration for their personal narratives. They'll read and then create a flow map for the story Owl Moon. Then they will brainstorm their own narrative using the flow map as a guide to writing their finished piece.
Young writers create their own life maps in this autobiographical lesson. They pick 10 main events or accomplishments to include on their map. After they finish the map, they expand upon one event to write a personal narrative, focusing on important narrative techniques such as dialogue, pacing, and description.
Part of the Read 180 curriculum for English language learners, this plan prompts writers to sharpen their skills. They select one of four listed personal narrative writing prompts to complete and respond to six questions that require them to review how to write with a first person point of view.