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Personal Narrative. Your Story. A Personal Narrative. Is an interesting story about the writer. Is written in the first person (using the pronouns I, me, and my. Has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Presents events in a clear order.

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Personal narrative

Personal Narrative

Your Story


Personal narrative

A Personal Narrative

  • Is an interesting story about the writer.

  • Is written in the first person (using the pronouns I, me, and my.

  • Has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

  • Presents events in a clear order.

  • Uses details to help readers see people, places, and events.

  • Shows how the writer feels about the experience and why it is meaningful to him or her.


The personal narrative tells about

A good time

A bad time

An important time

A memorable event

A first time

A last time

The personal narrative tells about


Personal narrative

Freewrite

  • Take a few minutes and write without stopping.

  • Write about where the story takes place. Close your eyes and recall the place in your narrative. What do you see? Hear? Taste? Smell? Feel?

  • Write about the people who will be in your narrative. Think about the way each one looks, acts, and speaks. Conversation or dialogue is a good way to draw your readers into the action.

  • List the main events of the narrative along a timeline.



Personal narrative

Lead or Introduction

Grabs the reader's attention!!

Introduces the reader to the situation.


Personal narrative

Types of Leads

  • Appeal to the reader’s senses by writing a vivid description of the scene.

  • Make readers wonder by asking a question.

  • Lure readers into the story quickly by using dialogue.


Supporting paragraphs
Supporting Paragraphs

  • Always begin with a topic sentence. Use specific details that support the topic sentence. Use sensory words to keep the reader’s attention.

  • Wrap up the paragraph with a concluding or transitioning sentence.

  • Remember to develop a minimum of 3 supporting paragraphs.


Use transitions to guide your readers through your story

First

Next

Later

Finally

More important

Most of all

Last but not least

Therefore

Because

As a result

Consequently

Since

For

So

Use transitions to guide your readers through your story!!

Cause / Effect

Importance


Personal narrative

Similarly

In contrast

Unlike

On the other hand

Nevertheless

In the same way

Such as

For example

In other words

Along with

For instance

Like

More Transitions

Examples

Comparison / Contrast


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • Use a topic sentence for your concluding paragraph.

  • Wrap up all loose ends so that the reader doesn’t have any questions.

  • Your last sentence should conclude the narrative. The reader knows that the story is over.


Personal narrative

Revise and Edit

  • Read your paper aloud to yourself or a partner. Did the introduction capture you or your partner’s attention?.

  • Is the order of events clear? Did I include transitions?

  • Do I use details that appeal to the five senses?

  • Is the conclusion an end to the narrative?

  • Do I have at least five paragraphs?


Personal narrative

Have

fun

writing your narrative!!!