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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.


How will i write my introduction for my personal narrative

How will I write my introduction for my Personal Narrative?


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.


Personal narrative

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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