This personal narrative planning sheet corresponds with the PowerPoint also available on my site. The PPT does a thorough job of explaining and describing the assignment, and I usually use this planning sheet as a pre-writing activity to get the students started once they have an idea about which event to write. Here is the description of the PPT:Do you want to push your students' personal narrative writings to the next level? Do you desire for them to experiment with plot structures? Do you yearn for narratives that demonstrate self-awareness and introspection about your students' own personal growth? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this assignment might be the answer. RAther than telling just any old story about something that happened to them, give your writers a deeper purpose while at the same time encouraging them to experiment with varied plot structures. This PowerPoint covers basic plot structure, chronological, flashback, and in media res approaches while introducing them to the concept of a "lightbulb moment" and the introspection required therein. Recommended for upper grades or levels when students are more self-aware and able to discern changes in and influences upon personal growth. Key to the introduction of this assignment is the teacher's ability and willingness to talk about and write about one of his or her own "Single Lucid Moments" to use as an example. (I use a personal story about my first year of teaching when we had a beautiful Friday off in May, and I got hit by a driver's education car full of paraplegic students, none of whom could walk. If you care to hear the story, contact me through this site) This has become, over the past few years, one of my students' favorite writing assignments!