How to write your own!
What is a personal narrative?
A story about
happened to you and
how you felt about it.
allow you to share
your life with others.
A good story creates
a dramatic effect,
makes us laugh, gives
us pleasurable fright,
and/or gets us on the
edge of our seats.
A personal narrative
has a beginning,
middle, and an
Your JOB as a writer
Your job will be to make the story
interesting - as interesting for your reader
as it was for you when it happened.
Include lots of description, lots of action,
and lots of dialogue.
This will help your reader feel what you felt.
You are the expert on the topic of your life!
Steps to writing a
steps will make
writing your story
easier for you!!!
It also ensures that
you won’t forget
Coming up with an idea to write about.
Think about an experience that happened
to you that you think others would be
Choose an experience you want to write
about. Think about what you saw, heard
Use an idea organizer to help sort out your
You will be using a graphic organizer.
As you write, use “I” throughout your
story. Most narratives are told using the
first-person point of view.
“I was so scared!!!”
Write an introduction that:
gets your reader’s attention
tells him or her what your story
will be about.
• Write about the events in the order in which they
happened. What happened first, second, third?
– Beginning The beginning is crucial in a narrative; it sets the
stage for everything else that follows. All the following questions
should be answered as quickly as the story begins: Who? What?
When? Where? Why? How?
– Middle This is the heart or the meat of the story - the most
important part in the development of the problem or the
situation. The middle should be well detailed with lots of action
to show what is happening.
– End At the end of the story the reader should know what
happened or what the result of the problem or situation was.
You should also express a resolution (problem/situation resolved
and how) and a reaction.
• Be sure to add sensory details, such as
how something tasted or what
something looked like. This will help
your reader feel like he or she was there,
too. Draw the reader into the experience.
• Write a conclusion that ends
• Tell the reader why this
experience was important to you
and what you learned from it.
Step 8: Last Step!
► Onceyou have finished your personal
narrative, be sure to review your work.
You will need to
WORK on your
story to make it
Revise and edit!