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Personal Narrative Writing
Transcript of Personal Narrative Writing
Introduces the reader to the situation.
Types of Leads:
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 conclusion or transition sentence.
Remember to develop a minimum of three supporting paragraphs! Personal Narratives Is an interesting story about the writer.
Is written in the first person (using the pronouns I, me, and my).
Has a beginning, middle, and an end.
Presents events in a clear order.
Uses details to help readers imagine people, places, and events.
Shows how the writer feels about the experience and why it is meaningful to him or her. Your Story Coming Alive A good time
A bad time
An important time
A memorable event
A first time
A last time Freewrite Close your eyes and listen to the waves.
Now take a few minutes and write without stopping about a story that the waves bring to mind.
Write about where the story takes place. What do you see? Hear? Taste? Smell? Feel?
Write about the people who will be in your narrative. Think about the way each person looks, acts, and speaks.
Conversation or dialogue is a good way to draw your readers into the action of your narrative.
List the main events of the narrative along a timeline. Graphic organizers help you to organize your thoughts and think about the different types of sensory details that you would like to include in your final narrative. Appeal to the reader's senses by writing a vivid description of the scene.
Make the reader wonder about your story by asking a question.
Lure the reader into the story by using dialogue. Transitions Use transitions to guide your readers through your story Importance Cause/Effect First
Most of all
Last but not least
As a result
So Compare/Contrast Similarly
On the other hand
In the same way Examples Such as
In other words
Like Conclusion Use a topic sentence for your concluding paragraph.
Wrap up all of those loose ends so that the reader does not have any questions!
Your last sentence should conclude the narrative. The reader should KNOW that the story is over! 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 you include transitions?
Did you use details that appeal to the five senses?
Is the conclusion an end to the narrative?
Do you have at least five paragraphs?
And most importantly...
HAVE FUN WRITING!