Personal Narrative Teacher Resources
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Girls Around the World: Communicating Through First-Person Narratives
Young scholars, in teams, research contemporary life of girls around the world, then write first person narratives from the point of view of girls in selected world cultures. They impersonate these women through e-mail correspondence.
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.
Women Call Out: The Personal Narrative
After reading and discussing several personal narratives written by women in the 1920's, class members write a personal narrative of their own about a time in their lives they felt controlled. Sample narratives can be accessed through HRC’s “American Twenties” collection.
Personal Narrative: Writing Prompts
In this writing a personal narrative worksheet, learners write about 1 or more of the 4 writing prompts listed. Each writing prompt listed requires them to write a personal narrative.
Mapping Personal Narratives
Second graders write a brief personal narrative describing the settig, characters, problems/goals, and events in detail. They are explained that story maps are often made before stories are written. Authors use story maps to organize their ideas and define the elements in detail of the story, such as setting, characters, problems/goals, and events.
Extremely Personal Narrative
Seventh graders practice the skill of writing a personal narrative. They bring in an object that is related to themselves. Then students discuss the importance of the items and then write a personal narrative about the objects. As an extension students can create a box of memorable items.
Second graders create a graphic organizer on Kidspiration about themselves. They write a personal narrative using the information from their graphic organizer. They share their project with the class.
Students discover journalism by writing about themselves. In this non-fiction writing lesson, students discuss the outline of a personal narrative and write a paper about an experience they've had. Students reflect on the story they've written afterwards.
Narrative Literature and Composition.
Students discuss two types of narratives during their movie viewing. In this literature lesson plan, students analyze narrative, personal narrative and chronological order after watching a video. They use a TI to log their data.
Students, using photos as their inspiration, develop six personal narratives, then edit and revise them.
Want to use sequence maps in your narrative writing unit? Young writers work to create personal narratives about their summer vacation. They write a narrative of their vacation and create a display using summer clothing shapes made from construction paper. Use this lesson to emphasize the importance of logical sequencing and organization in narrative writing.
Facing the Ghosts of Our Past
A reading of a New York Times review of the movie Beloved launches research into how the Civil War affected the lives of people living during this period. Creative thinkers select a person from an included list of historical figures and others involved in the war, and craft a first-person narrative. A list of questions that writers should try to answer in their narratives is included.
Bambara's The Lesson
Twelfth graders read the short story The Lesson. They research the socio-economic and cultural context of the story and author. They examine the author's point of view. They analyze the first person narration in the story. They rewrite two paragraphs of the story from a different point of view.
Narrative Writing: Using Exact Words
Review the narrative writing process with your emerging story writers. They read a sample narrative and identify five vague verbs that could be replaced with a more exact, exciting verb. Then they write a personal narrative making sure to use exact verbs in their story.
Upper elementary learners generate sequencing and web graphic organizers while planning expository and narrative writing. They work in teams to complete webs in order to improve a short story and organize a report. Small groups discuss their ideas and then share with the class.
Writing Personal Narratives
Encourage your pupils to write about personal experiences with regard to participating in activities that don't involve media. Start off by reading several of the included poems and modeling how to write about a memory. Class members can then compose freestyle drafts about various memories, weekend activities, and their reflections on the "Take the Challenge" media reduction program. Pick and choose what interests you. More scaffolding could be added to aid learners with writing.
Who Started the Civil War? Comparing Perspectives on the Causes of the War
The discussion continues: Who started the Civil War? So why not get your intelligent learners involved. Readers use the account of Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow to begin their analysis of who started the war. Scholars are challenged to confirm or refute perspectives on the matter by using other accounts and opinions on who or what is to blame. They are assessed by their completion of “Perspectives on the Civil War” worksheet.
Women of the South in a changing society
Scarlett O’Hara, Melanie Hamilton, Aunt Pittypat. The siren, the saint, the airhead. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind contributes much to the stereotype most hold of southern women during the Civil War era. Class members access primary source materials to determine the accuracy of these stereotypes. Links to diaries, journals, and first-person narratives are included in the packet.
Narrative Art: What's the Story?
An extensive lesson on art analysis, storytelling, critical thinking, and observation awaits your class! They learn to observe and read art the way they would a story; paying attention to details, historical context, and visual cues that describe a place, time, and thought. The lesson is broken into four parts, where learners discuss what they see, review content specific vocabulary, and finally create a work of art that expresses a story. Note: The lesson could be used in either an art or language class.
Creating a Life Map
Students create their own life map in which they introduce themselves to each other by sharing what they are most proud of. They use a life map to expressive themselves creatively.