Personal Narrative Writing: Digital Activities for Distance Learning

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3rd - 5th
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  1. These print and digital personal narrative writing activities are designed to help your students focus on small moments and generate detailed compositions. Four learning activities help students solidify their understanding of what a small moment is, generate high-quality ideas for a variety of writ
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These digital personal narrative writing activities are designed to help your students focus on small moments and generate detailed compositions. The resource includes four interactive narrative writing activities all available via Google Slides.

These personal narrative activities and graphic organizers will help students:

  • understand what a small moment is
  • brainstorm ideas for writing
  • plan & draft their personal narrative
  • organize ideas

Designed to supplement your elementary personal narrative unit, these activities purposefully build your students' skills for writing 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

Your download includes:

  1. Identifying Small Moments Concept Refinement Sorts: Students sort ideas to help solidify what a small moment is and isn't. (3 versions included)
  2. Building an Idea Bank: Guided graphic organizers allow students to move from sorting to generating their own ideas for personal narratives.
  3. Refining to Add Details: Students write and use clipart, photos, and graphics to replay a small moment in their mind. Students use their visualization to create a story map.
  4. Scaffolded Personal Narrative Writing Prompts: These prompts are designed to help prepare students to write to a given directive. Students create a list of ideas & select one to break down for writing. (12 scaffolded prompts included)

Writing Skills & Topics Covered:

✔ 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


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© Rebecca Davies. All rights reserved by author. These materials are intended for personal use by a single classroom only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. See product file for clip art and font credits.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Provide a sense of closure.


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