These personal narrative writing activities help your students create strong compositions focused on small moments. Ideal for struggling writers, this resource includes activities, graphic organizers, prompts, and checklists to help learners solidify understanding and work through the writing process. With both print & digital formats, you can easily differentiate to help those who struggle with writing or getting ideas on paper.
Aligned with a popular curriculum, this resource is designed to supplement your elementary personal narrative unit. These activities break down the big ideas to purposefully build your students' capacity to write strong, focused personal narratives through scaffolding.
This unit has been designed to include research-based practices that support learning including:
- Examples and non-examples
- Graphic Organizers
- Tiered assignments/tasks
- Identifying Small Moments Concept Refinement Sorts: Students sort task cards in partners or as a group to help solidify what a small moment is and isn't.
- Building an Idea Bank: Guided graphic organizers allow students to move from sorting to generating their own ideas for personal narratives. In partners students then work to determine whether their ideas were small moments or big events.
- Refining to Add Details: This activity allows students to use sketches and phrases to help replay a selected small moment in their minds. Students use their visualization to create a story map that helps them draft.
- Differentiated Personal Narrative Writing Prompts: These prompts are designed to help prepare students to write to a given directive. With two versions for each prompt (one with scaffolds and one without), you can select the best option to individualize for your students.
✔ Defining "small moments" and why they matter in personal narrative writing
✔ Identifying examples and non-examples of small moments
✔ Generating a list of small moments from life and selecting one to write about
✔ Storyboarding and creating a cohesive draft
✔ Adding descriptive detail to create a vivid visualization for the reader
✔ Staying on topic when writing to a given prompt
Here's why teachers love these personal narrative resources...
♥ This is a great resource that I will use every year to prep my kids for writing. It does a great job of helping the teacher explain...and the student understands the basics of writing a narrative. Highly recommend! - Madison
♥ This was really helpful, organized, and was engaging for my special ed students. They enjoyed completing the tasks together, independently, or with partners. It was great for review and provides plenty of practice. THANK YOU! -
♥ This resource really helped my students when teaching personal narratives online. It was well laid out and provided graphic organizers/activities that were good for scaffolding. I was very impressed! - Erin
♥ We use this concept in our Lucy lessons, but having this visual and process broken down like this, was super helpful to my students during this writing process. - Samantha
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