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Personal Narrative Writing Unit | Writing Workshop | Print and Digital

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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This comprehensive unit addresses all of the narrative writing standards for the Common Core Standards, as well as most state standards! A traditional PDF version is included, as well as a link for Google Slides. This means this product is also ready for Google Classroom and other digital platforms!


This is a 6-week unit that is broken down to day by day lessons. Each lesson contains detailed directions for a mini lesson, independent work time, and share time for teaching a personal narrative. There is also an additional handout or guided practice activity for each of the lessons.

You'll also find rubrics, a monthly layout, suggested mentor texts, grammar integration with mentor sentences, and more!

Lessons Include:

Day 1-What Can I Write About?

Day 2-What is a Personal Narrative

Day 3-Using a Graphic Organizer

Day 4-Writing About a Small Moment in Time

Day 5-Adding an Emotional Hook

6-Writing With a Strong Lead

7-Writing With a Strong Lead

8-Writing With a Strong Lead

9-Writing With a Strong Lead

10-Show Don’t Tell

11-Paint a Word Picture

12-Adding a Satisfying Ending

13-Adding a Satisfying Ending

14-Adding a Satisfying Ending

15-Adding a Satisfying Ending

16-Adding Transition Words

17-Avoid the “It Monster”

18-Strong Verbs

19-Specific Nouns

20-How to Include Dialogue

21-Stretch Your Sentences

22-Performing Surgery

23-Revision Checklist

24-Revision Checklist Part 2

25-Editing Checklists

26-Rewriting Your Narrative

27-Illustrating Your Narrative

28-Choosing Your Title

29-Parts of a Published Book

30-Author’s Celebration

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Total Pages
92 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 months
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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 a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
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.


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