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					Personal Narratives

  How to write your own!
What is a personal narrative?
                   A story about
                    something that
                    happened to you and
                    how you felt about it.
                   Personal narratives
                    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
personal narrative:
  Following certain
   steps will make
   writing your story
   easier for you!!!

  It also ensures that
   you won’t forget
                  Step 1
    Coming up with an idea to write about.

 Think about an experience that happened
    to you that you think others would be
                 interested in.
Step 2
   Choose an experience you want to write
    about. Think about what you saw, heard
    and felt.
       Use an idea organizer to help sort out your

            You will be using a graphic organizer.
                          Step 3
   As you write, use “I” throughout your
    story. Most narratives are told using the
    first-person point of view.

          “I was so scared!!!”
Step 4

   Write an introduction that:
       gets your reader’s attention
       tells him or her what your story
        will be about.
Step 5
• 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.
                 Step 6
• 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.
Step 7

• Write a conclusion that ends
  your story.

  • 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
                     your best!
                     Revise and edit!

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