Personal Narrative Unit Overview
I have created a complete Personal Narrative Unit (10-12 lessons) using Patricia Polacco picture books as mentor texts. I think this unit is best suited for 3rd and 4th grade students, but might be appropriate for 5th grade students with limited writing experiences. This unit would work well for students who have a general understanding of narrative story structure and who already have a Writer’s Notebook with story ideas. It includes lessons for all phases of the Writing Process, concluding with students publishing their piece.
This unit follows the Writer’s Workshop model in its structure. These mini-lessons are based on strategies that all writers need and are designed to be less than 15 minutes. Of course, once you get to know your students as writers, their needs should guide the specific content of your mini-lessons.