Writing a Personal Narrative


ELAR-Grade-7 Personal Narrative Writing a Personal Narrative
Students apply their knowledge of personal narratives to the writing of their own personal narratives. They move through the writing process as they brainstorm, outline, compose, revise, edit, and publish their personal narratives. Students focus on developing their ideas in a coherent and logical order while incorporating their own voice.

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Overview

In this experience, students apply their knowledge of personal narratives to the writing of their own personal narratives. They move through the writing process as they brainstorm, outline, compose, revise, edit, and publish their personal narratives. Students focus on developing their ideas in a coherent and logical order while incorporating their own voice.

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.
  • Develop a meaningful topic for a personal narrative in a logical and coherent manner while incorporating a personal voice.
  • Compose a personal narrative, incorporating the essential features of the genre.
  • 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 moment in your life. Throughout your life you will face moments that change you. Whether it is learning a new skill, meeting a new person, or overcoming an obstacle, these turning points impact who you are. They are often the most powerful stories you have to tell. In this experience, you will develop a topic that is meaningful to you into a coherent personal narrative. You will find your personal voice as you write about this topic for your reader. A successful personal narrative focuses on idea development, organization, and the author’s voice.

Objectives:

  • Choose a topic for writing a personal narrative.
  • Develop a meaningful topic for a personal narrative in a logical and coherent manner while incorporating a personal voice.
  • Compose a personal narrative, incorporating the essential features of the genre.
  • Revise and edit the personal narrative.


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Read the following quote:


“Every memory makes me who I am right now, in this moment. Good or bad, all experiences shape you.” –L.H. Cosway


What does the quote mean to you? Can you think of memories that have shaped you?

Post your answer

Use student responses to spark a discussion regarding memories that shape lives and how they might make a powerful story for a personal narrative. 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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