Just as a carpenter wouldn't try to build a house without the proper tools, your students shouldn't begin writing a personal narrative without a review of the necessary facets of composing good stories. This 15 slide PowerPoint goes over some basic reminders and rules for writing a personal narrative or any story with dialogue. Addresses audience, tone, description, and dialogue. Includes bits of original stories to demonstrate potential improvements one could make in creating an interesting narrative. You can customize this PowerPoint by adding slides that describe your own assignment parameters.