Reading Personal Narratives


ELAR-Grade-4 Personal Narrative Reading Personal Narratives
Students learn the key characteristics of personal narratives by reading two examples of personal narratives. They analyze how the author uses language and word choice to paint a picture for the reader. Then, they determine the author’s purpose in telling the story. Finally, they connect to one of the narratives by writing a letter to the author.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn the key characteristics of personal narratives by reading two examples of personal narratives. They analyze how the author uses language and word choice to paint a picture for the reader. Then, they determine the author’s purpose in telling the story. Finally, they connect to one of the narratives by writing a letter to the author.

Objectives

  • Identify the key characteristics of a personal narrative.
  • Determine the author’s purpose in telling a story.
  • Determine how the author’s language and imagery help the reader understand the story.

Duration

One or two class periods. You may choose to have the students read one or both personal narratives at home before beginning the experience.

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  • universal: widespread, total
  • lieutenant: a military leader
  • foe: enemy
  • flaxen-haired: yellow hair/blond
  • ranks: a line of soldiers


Authors may choose to write about many different topics. Sometimes, they even write about themselves. In this experience, you will learn about a type of story called a personal narrative.

Objectives

  • Identify the key characteristics of a personal narrative.
  • Determine the author’s purpose in telling a story.
  • Determine how the author’s language and imagery help the reader understand the story.


Two girls talking

Think of a very serious or funny event from your life. 


Summarize the event in a sentence or two.

Post your answer

Share your response with a partner. Tell your partner a few more details about the event.

You just wrote and shared a very tiny version of a personal narrative


In your own words, write what you think a personal narrative is.



Discuss student responses. Explain that they will learn more about personal narratives in the rest of the experience.


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