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Are you beginning a study in your classroom on how to write personal narratives? This 33-slide PowerPoint is designed to help students choose the best, most focused ideas, which is the first step to writing strong personal narratives. I created the PowerPoint based on the watermelon and seed approach introduced by Lucy Calkins.
This file contains both a 33-slide PowerPoint and a matching PowerPoint Companion. Students can follow along on the worksheet companion as you progress through the PowerPoint.
The PowerPoint contains the following format:
Slides 1-4: Introduction
Slides 7-12: Explaining the Watermelon vs. Seed Analogy
Slides 13-24: Watermelon Idea or Seed Idea? A story idea is presented, and students must determine whether it's a watermelon idea (too broad) or a seed idea (focused on 1 event).
Slides 25-31: Would this seed idea make a good personal narrative? Students are presented with seed ideas, and they must determine whether it would lead to a strong personal narrative.
Slides 32-33: Zoom in & create your own seed idea! Four generic watermelon ideas are identified, and students must think of their own personal narrative seed idea that could be found within that watermelon idea.