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Personal Narrative Writing Unit {Small Moments}

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Personal Narrative Writing unit aligned with the common core standards! This unit uses small moments to help guide students in writing narratives about their life. This was designed with first grade in mind, but can easily work in kindergarten and second grade classrooms. Please download the preview to see more!

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I needed structure and guidance for my firsties to write their own personal narratives - so I created this packet to do just that!

In this packet:

*Outline of how I use this packet

*Beginning with a small moment (Small moments maps and circle map to brainstorm details of your small moment)

*Draw it out - to draw detailed, sequenced pictures of your narrative

*Stretch it out - to stretch out each drawing into the beginnings of your narrative

*Mini author study using Jonathan London's FROGGY books to add different writing features to our stories. (Transition words, ellipses, sound effects, and using ALL CAPS)

*Revising and Editing checklists

*Grading rubric

*Final Draft pages for publishing (Cover page, lined paper with picture boxes for illustrations, and a meet the author page).

Enjoy the adorable and entertaining stories!

Let me know what you think :)
Total Pages
32
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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On  October 25, 2013,  Melissa P. asked:
Hello,
I just saw on your blog that you added rubrics to your writing units... Would I be able to download the updated version since I already purchaced the units???
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On  October 29, 2013Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
Hi Melda!

Yes, if you go to "my purchases" you should be able to download the newly uploaded version of the product! That will apply for all products you have purchased!
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On  September 6, 2013,  Kelly H. asked:
Hello, I love your resources. I was just looking at the Froggy books online. Can you explain to me why you chose those books? I wanted to purchase them to support your resource but I would like to know do they use the things you talk about like writing in capitals etc or are they just books you love to read?
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On  September 10, 2013Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
Hi Kelly!

While I do love me some Froggy, I chose them specifically to go along with our narratives unit. The books are filled with all the fun writing traits from the unit! Hope that helps!
On  August 27, 2013Alicia Kirk (TpT Seller) asked:
Hi! I'm really interested in parts of this unit. Is there a way to only buy portions of it? Thanks!
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On  August 27, 2013Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
Hi Alicia,

Unfortunately this pack is comprehensive within itself and I packaged it to be that way, so I am not currently offering any pieces for sale individually. If you email me (smoran892@gmail.com) and let me know which parts you were interested in, I would love to see if I can help out.

Thank you!
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On  July 10, 2013,  Nura D. asked:
Hi,

I am starting out in first grade, and I am interested in purchasing this. Do you have on your blog how you'd model the small moment process? Maybe I'm over thinking it, but if I want to buy this I want to make sure I get it so I can explain to the kiddos clearly. :)
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On  July 13, 2013Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
Hi Nura!

I have outlined in a little more detail how I used this packet in a blog post here: http://thankgoditsfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2012/10/small-moments.html

I hope that helps!
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On  May 8, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Hi! I have purchased three of your packets and have enjoyed implementing them in my class this year. As for the narrative packet, will they be writing three stories? I know they choose their small moment first. Do they only choose one of the three ideas they sketched to write about? I guess I am confused as to why there are three pages for writing when they are only choosing to write about one small moment. Thanks!!!
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On  May 8, 2013Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
Hi Mrs. Holzworth!

Thanks for your question! The "draw-it-out" page is actually meant to help your students stretch out ONE small moment. They draw their small moment in the middle box and then they draw what happened before that small moment and what happened after their small moment. It helps your students visualize the beginning, middle (their small moment) and ending of their story before they begin to "stretch-it-out"

I hope that answers your question! If you need more clarification, please feel free to email me (smoran892@gmail.com)
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On  March 19, 2013,  Marci G. asked:
I purchased the Pers. Narr Pkt (small moments) but since it was my first EVER purchase....did I do something wrong? I have not explanation of how to use each of your cutesy designed pages.--no way to use What is a small moment? no way to use Stretch it out! Where is the outline for how to use these pages. Sorry I am not the techie teacher I need to be. THANK YOU and keep up the good work.
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On  March 20, 2013Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
Thank you for your question! On page 3, I explain how to use the "small moment maps" and I print out one for each child to complete. Next, on page 6, I briefly explain how I use each page in the pack. Each student gets their own pages to complete by themselves and I conference with them throughout the process. I plan on adding a detailed outline of how I use the pack to help clarify the process for other teachers. If you have any other questions in the meantime, feel free to email me (smoran892@gmail.com).
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On  November 26, 2012,  Monica G. asked:
I really like this and it is in my cart! Do you plan on making units for the other forms of writing that has to be taught in first grade? Thank you!
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On  November 26, 2012Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
Thank you so much for your interest! I have an "All About Book" in my store which is a comprehensive informative writing project. It is researched based and it is one of my favorite projects of the year! It is how I teach most of my informative writing standard - that, and a bunch of how-to prompts! I do plan on creating an opinion packet soon! How soon, I am unsure, haha - but hopefully right after the holidays!
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I opened it in Adobe Reader and it is fine. Thanks!
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On  November 26, 2012Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
Great to hear!!
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I am only getting about half of the information to download. I have a MacBook Pro and this doesn't usually happen. What do I need to do?
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On  November 26, 2012Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
I saw your above response :)
On  October 15, 2012Jill Martin (TpT Seller) asked:
I just downloaded the most recent version of Adobe. However, several pages of the personal narrative packet are still coming up blurry or with blurry black streaks through the pages. :(
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On  October 15, 2012Susan Jones - TGIF answered:
I'm sorry you're having trouble downloading, but I can assure you it's not the quality of the product. I just downloaded the unit and everything is intact. I asked two of my friends to do the same and they got the same results as me. I'm so sorry for your inconvenience! If you're working on a Mac, you need to open the file in READER and not in preview!!! Also, check out this post for more troubleshooting issues: http://ericabohrer.blogspot.com/2012/05/trouble-opening-tpt-files.html

If none of this works, please contact the TpT help desk! Thanks!
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Personal Narrative Writing Unit {Small Moments}
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Personal Narrative Writing Unit {Small Moments}
Personal Narrative Writing Unit {Small Moments}