Personal Narrative: Multi-Draft First-Person Writing using Google Docs {CCSS}

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3rd, 4th, 5th
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“Such a wonderful product! I can't wait to use this year as I want to integrate as much technology as possible!”

Instead of doing several Narratives, I like to focus on just one and help students make it better and better through multiple drafts that add new skills each time. This makes writing personal narratives with descriptive detail and clear event sequences easier to manage for you and your students.

Since many students now have access to Google Docs (through Google Apps for Education or GAFE) they are able to use technology to produce their writing���not just publish at the end! As a result, this narrative process is computer-friendly & nearly pencil-free! As an additional update, a link to share this resource through Google Classroom/Google Drive is now included!

These "Ready To Print" student pages meet EIGHT of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) for Grades 3-5 Writing & Language! This Writing Resource also incorporates Reading Literature CCSS although those are not specifically assessed. If you choose, the student pages are also available in a 100% digital format.

Students will use the included Step-by-Step Companion Packet to guide them through the entire writing process. Students focus on just three “Must-Have’s” for each draft—not tackling everything all at once. This allows them to be successful a little bit at a time while constructing a narrative that is top-notch by the end of Draft Three. Each new draft has Preparation Pages that prepare the students to focus on the new Must-Have’s.

Students will also use draft-by-draft color-coding of text for at-a-glance teacher grading. Three easy circles on the included check-in forms will allow you to give feedback following each draft without making all of the corrections yourself!

In addition to the three post-draft check-in sheets, I have included a student self-evaluation and teacher rubric for formal assessment.

Be sure that your students have access to computers with Google Docs and a basic understanding of how to use Google Docs prior to beginning the packet! This resource will compliment a variety of tried and true narrative writing projects including an Oops Story, Seed Story, Slice of Life Story, and more!

Thank your for your interest and I hope you enjoy this product from Project Hallway!
:-) Bethany

With your purchase, you will receive:
*Teacher Notes
*Student Essay Cover Page with Writing Goals
*Student Writing Pages covering:
--Google Doc Writing Procedure Overview
--Prewriting: What is a Personal Narrative?
-----This section uses three Mentor Texts by Patricia Polacco:
--------Thunder Cake
--------My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother
--------Thank You, Mr. Falker
--Problem & Solution from a Personal Experience
--Draft One "Must-Have's" with Color Codes
--Introduction--Captivating Lead
--Descriptive Language
--Draft Two "Must-Have's" with Color Codes
--Concluding Remarks--Lesson Learned
--Transition Words & Phrases
--Draft Three "Must-Have's" with Color Codes
--Publishing Preparations
--Title and Paragraphs
--Writing Conventions
*Draft One Check-In Sheet
*Draft Two Check-In Sheet
*Draft Three Check-In Sheet
*Student Self-Evaluation
*Teacher Assessment Rubric

Rather have a Paper/Pencil-Friendly Version? Click your Grade below!
Grade 3 CCSS Personal Narrative Writing
Grade 4 CCSS Personal Narrative Writing
Grade 5 CCSS Personal Narrative Writing

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