Personal Narrative Writing - Traits of Writing
This resource can be used to teach personal narrative writing with a focus on the traits of writing – taking students through the whole writing process from generating ideas all the way to publishing final drafts. Personal Narratives can be completed as part of a writer’s workshop, writing center, guided writing in small groups, or whole class activity.
Each day (lesson) takes students through one trait of writing:
•Lesson 1 – Ideas – Students brainstorm ideas for their narrative – personal event/experience details.
•Lesson 2 – Organization – Students start planning their narrative – adding more chronological details for beginning, middle, and end.
•Lesson 3 – Voice – Students plan their beginning, thinking about how they will hook the reader and connect to the audience, while making the writing sound like them.
•Lesson 4 – Writing the Rough Draft (this may be extended into two classes if the extra time is needed) – this is not a trait of writing, but necessary before the next traits can be examined. I have included optional printables for students to use for the writing of their rough drafts. You may wish to have them double-space their written rough draft to give them more room during the revising and editing stage.
•Lesson 5 – Word Choice – Students revise their writing to include better examples of word choice – they must justify their choices in the reflection, and make actual changes on their rough draft.
•Lesson 6 – Sentence Fluency – Students continue to revise their writing for sentence fluency – including sentences that flow and a variety of shorter and longer sentences to add impact to their writing.
•Lesson 7 – Conventions – Students will use CUPS to go through and edit their rough drafts. We usually spend about 2 days on this stage, with the students working in pairs.
•Lesson 8 – Publishing – Students will publish their final drafts using the success criteria for editing on the page. I have included optional pages for this if students are hand-writing their final copies, but you can have them publish their work using any method that fits your class.
I also included a completed personal narrative that you can use with students to get their creative juices flowing, or to provide a little extra guided help for students who require more scaffolding or differentiation. You may wish to include a lesson that has students evaluating this completed example with the rubric to help them fully grasp what is expected of them with the assessment.
A rubric is also included for assessment.
Other Traits of Writing resources you may be interested in:
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