Writing a Personal Narrative


ELAR-Grade-4 Personal Narrative Writing a Personal Narrative
Students apply their knowledge of personal narratives as a genre as they compose their own personal narrative. They move through the writing process as they brainstorm, outline, compose, revise, edit, and publish their personal narratives.

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Overview

In this experience, students apply their knowledge of personal narratives as a genre as they compose their own personal narrative. They move through the writing process as they brainstorm, outline, compose, revise, edit, and publish their personal narratives.

At the end of the experience, students will self-evaluate their work based on a rubric. You may review the rubric with them at any point during this experience.

Objectives

  • Choose a topic for writing a personal narrative.
  • Compose a personal narrative.
  • Revise and edit the personal narrative.

 

Duration

One week. You may want students to draft at home.


A personal narrative is a story written about a specific experience in your life. Usually authors of personal narratives focus on small moments that mattered to them. In this experience, you are going to develop your own personal narrative.

Objectives

  • Choose a topic for writing a personal narrative.
  • Compose a personal narrative.
  • Revise and edit the personal narrative.


Student planning to write a personal narrative

Read the following quote:


 “A story is within you, it has to come out.” — William Faulkner  


What do you think William Faulkner means?

Post your answer

Share an interesting or exemplary answer to the class for discussion.


What stories do you have within you? List several in the table.



Use student responses to spark a discussion regarding what kind of stories students have to tell. This should lead into the purpose of the experience—writing their own personal narratives.

Students learned the elements of a personal narrative in the experience “Reading Personal Narratives.” If necessary, review the elements now:

  • written in first person
  • about a specific moment
  • uses dialogue or interesting details
  • follows a logical order
  • tells the reader why the event or experience was important


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