I use the acronym EARS for planning stories and personal narratives for two reasons.
1. The first reason is simple. EARS represents everything that students need to plan a story.
E- the event and the emotions experienced while it was happening
A- the actions of the event...known as the sequence of the event in reading.
R-Responding to the prompt during the writing of the story
S- The senses/setting for the story or
what the characters say during the story
2. Many students have limited experiences due to their age or family background. If they will use their EARS while students are talking about their experiences, they will learn about new things they have never done, and be able to write stories as if they were the ones who have actually done them.