Everyone has a story to tell. Help your students tell their story with this simple step-by-step guide to writing a personal narrative.Using the handouts and the instructional Powerpoint, you can support students as they overcome the typical hurdles such as picking a topic, organizing events, and getting started with the draft. It’s easy for middle school students to get stalled in the writing process, so an organized and manageable approach helps even the most ambivalent young writers to produce.
Included: lesson plans, rubric, brainstorming activities, mini-lessons, sample story, graphic organizer, revision and editing checklists.
Common Core Alignment:
W3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
a. Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
c. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
d. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.e. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
W4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.