This product is from my LOOKING GOOD ON PAPER line; it contains everything a teacher needs to teach personal narrative essays. Students begin by learning that a good personal narrative essay is not just a story—it makes a point. While there are many ways to approach personal narrative essays, for this assignment students will be asked to relate an event from their lives and then make a point about it; in other words, tell how it affected them. Perhaps it made them realize something about themselves or made them change their opinion of others, for example. Or maybe it spurred them to take an action or not to take an action.
Then students are presented with the elements of a personal narrative essay (intro; main idea/thesis statement; rising action; climax; falling action; conclusion) with actual examples from a complete essay about a dare the author accepted as a child that turned out to be a big mistake.
Next, students are asked to identify these elements in another personal narrative essay, this time about a boy who broke a rule and ended up causing over $600 damage to his family’s home. (The laundry chute was involved...)
After that, students are asked to create a title, hook, transitional information between the hook and the main idea statement, if necessary, and a conclusion for yet another incident in the author’s life where, while on vacation at the age of eight, she ended up swimming with one of the most poisonous snakes in North America.
Students also learn how dialogue can improve a personal narrative and are provided with examples of punctuated dialogue, which they can refer to as they write their own essays. Also, teachers are provided with a quiz that they may choose to give over punctuating dialogue.
Finally, in Ten Ways Writers Establish Mood, students learn how important mood is in writing and are asked to identify the mood of several excerpts from books or short stories, along with the methods each writer uses to establish mood.
After the thorough Answer Key, teachers are provided with an accompanying rubric (see note below).
The information in this packet is thorough and informative, and the sample essays are entertaining, to say the least. All in all, students will learn valuable writing skills, and teachers will receive everything they need to teach this type of essay. Download the preview for sample excerpts!
Note to teacher: On the last two pages are a personal narrative essay assignment and a rubric. If you would like to add your own guidelines, tips, or requirements, contact me, and I will send you an editable Word document.
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* POINT OF VIEW IN EXPOSITORY WRITING (17 pages)
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* FOUR METHODS FOR VARYING SENTENCE BEGINNINGS (22 pages)
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*PERSONAL NARRATIVE ESSAYS Lesson Plan (19 pages)
Students are introduced to the parts of a narrative essay: intro paragraph, hook, main idea statement, rising action, climax and falling action. They also discover the importance of mood and dialogue in stories. Includes essay assignment and rubric. Great sample essays!
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This packet provides students with everything they need to prepare for writing a persuasive essay. An excellent resource!
* INTRO TO WRITING UNIT DISCUSSION: HOW IS WRITING DIFFERENT FROM SPEAKING? (3 pages)
An excellent way to reinforce the differences between writing and speaking and a great icebreaker for starting a writing unit!
* TEN WAYS WRITERS ESTABLISH MOOD (6 pages)
This lesson shows students how important mood is in writing and provides them with ten methods writers use to establish mood. Perfect for personal narratives or creative writing!
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