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Personal Narrative. the planning process Today’s objective: I will begin to write my Personal Narrative essay by brainstorming the details of my topic and drafting my introduction. (2.a) . I Do. Idea 1. Why is this event significant in my life?

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personal narrative

Personal Narrative

the planning process

Today’s objective: I will begin to write my Personal Narrative essay by brainstorming the details of my topic and drafting my introduction. (2.a)

idea 1

I Do

Idea 1
  • Why is this event significant in my life?

This was my first experience with a serious illness.

  • What did I learn from this event?

I learned to be helpful and compassionate.

Kim’s Surgery

idea 11

We Do

Idea 1
  • Why is this event significant in my life?

As you talk with your partner, explain why this event is important to you.

  • What did I learn from this event?

As you talk with your partner, explain what you learned.

Turn and talk with a partner about your first idea. They can help you draft your responses.

idea 12

We Do

Idea 1
  • Why is this event significant in my life?

Whip Around…

  • What did I learn from this event?

Whip Around…

Whip Around

To Share Out

idea 2

You Do

Idea 2
  • Why is this event significant in my life?
  • What did I learn from this event?

Try on own –

I will help people

in a small group

choose your best idea
Choose your best idea
  • Most interesting to write
  • Most interesting to read

I choose

“Idea 1”

about Kim’s surgery.

identify the exposition
Identify the exposition
  • Who is involved?
  • What is happening?
  • When did this occur?
  • Where did this occur?
  • Why did this occur?
identify the exposition1

I Do

Identify the exposition
  • Who is involved? Kim, me, my sister
  • What is happening? I had to call an ambulance, and Kim went into emergency heart and spine surgery
  • When did this occur?Summer 1999
  • Where did this occur? 12 Oaks Mall, Novi and Detroit, Michigan
  • Why did this occur?Kim fainted while at the mall, she was rushed to the hospital
identify the exposition2

We Do

Identify the exposition
  • Who is involved?
  • What is happening?
  • When did this occur?
  • Where did this occur?
  • Why did this occur?

Talk it

Through with

Your partner.

identify the exposition3

You Do

Identify the exposition
  • Who is involved?
  • What is happening?
  • When did this occur?
  • Where did this occur?
  • Why did this occur?

Check your work.

Make a commitment.

Harkness can help.

slide12

Purpose of a “hook”:The Beginning of a Personal Narrative

  • Interests the reader
  • Reveals the subject and/or establishes a captive audience
hook identifies the topic or subject of the narrative

HookIdentifies the topic or subject of the narrative.

Ex 1: When I was twelve years old, my cousin Kim fainted at the mall.

Ex. 2: While waiting for my ice cream, I witnessed something horrible.

brainstorming details
Brainstorming Details
  • You will need to brainstorm different details that will help bring the reader into the story.
  • What were you like BEFORE the event took place?
    • What did you think?
    • What did you feel?
    • What did you believe?
  • *Remember!
    • Before  Event  After
brainstorming details of topic
Brainstorming details of topic
  • Always went to the mall
  • Saw my cousin three times a year, so this was a special occasion
  • Had never witnessed a medial emergency
  • Relied on adults
  • Had to be a role model for my sister
  • Raised to think that caring for others is important
drafting introduction
Drafting introduction
  • When I was younger, I always went to the mall with my sister. One day, my cousin whom I rarely saw, came to the mall with us. We were all really excited to spend time together.
drafting introduction1
Drafting introduction
  • When I was younger, I always went to the mall with my sister. One day, my cousin whom I rarely saw, came to the mall with us. We were all really excited to spend time together. I knew Kim had surgery recently, but I only ever saw her once she left the hospital.
drafting introduction2
Drafting introduction
  • When I was younger, I always went to the mall with my sister. One day, my cousin whom I rarely saw, came to the mall with us. We were all really excited to spend time together. I knew Kim had surgery recently, but I only ever saw her once she left the hospital. I never thought I’d see her become ill and be forced to make a decision to save her life while looking out for my sister.
drafting introduction3
Drafting introduction
  • When I was younger, I always went to the mall with my sister. One day, my cousin whom I rarely saw, came to the mall with us. We were all really excited to spend time together. I knew Kim had surgery recently, but I only ever saw her once she left the hospital. I never thought I’d see her become ill and be forced to make a decision to save her life while looking out for my sister.
  • Continue with your background info until you have included ALL the necessary or related information.
thesis statement
Thesis Statement
  • This reveals the essential lesson of your experience
harkness s thesis
Harkness’s Thesis

Ex. 1: This experience taught me a valuable lesson about how I need to care for others.

harkness s thesis1
Harkness’s Thesis

Ex. 2: This experience taught me that I need make decisions that will help others.

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