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Copy of Writing a Personal Narrative

This is geared towards 4th grade students who have to write a personal narrative for the Texas STAAR writing test.
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John Scott

on 21 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Writing a Personal Narrative

How to Write a Personal Narrative Read the prompt carefully and
think of some ideas to write about. You have made it to the final step! Now you are ready to write your rough draft.
Get all your thoughts down on paper.
Remember that you only have 26 lines so every word counts!
Make sure you stay on topic.
Keep your focus narrow.
Dialogue should be kept to a minimum. How to change humdrum writing into "Wow" writing:
Use some "show me, don't tell me emotion" Copy your rough draft onto the lined paper. Use your best handwriting. Do not write outside the dark black rectangle. Read over your composition one last time to make sure there aren't any more changes you need to make. Sample Prompt: Write about a time you'll never forget. Magnify once. Example:
Idea 1: Birthday party
Idea 2: Trip to the beach
Idea 3 : First day of school Magnify a second time to focus your topic more narrowly. Example:
First day of school
Rushing to catch the bus
Meeting my teacher
Making a new friend

Write a central idea sentence for each and decide on the idea
you are going to write about.
As I raced down the stairs, I frantically grabbed my backpack and yelled good-bye to my mom hoping that I wouldn't be late on my first day of school.
I slowly walked into my classroom searching for a familiar face when a hand clasped my shoulder, and I heard a gentle voice say, "Good morning, John, my name is Mrs. Williams and I will be your teacher this year."
I had been looking forward to seeing all my buddies the first day back at school, but I never anticipated I would leave school that day with a new friend that would end up being a lifelong pal. Now it's time to make your plan.
The way you do this is up to you - the author ex. My heart was pounding and my legs were shaking as I glanced nervously over my shoulder. ex. I ran upstairs as fast a cheetah to tell my mom the good news. Add a metaphor or simile. Can you figure out a way to include an idiom? How about an onomatopoeia? Ex. It was raining cats and dogs as I dashed outside to catch the school bus. Splish, splash went my galoshes as I stepped off the curb and into the small river that had started forming on my street. Don't forget to write an introduction that catches the reader's
attention and a conclusion that leaves them wanting more. Yes, you MUST do your revision. When revising, focus on making your ideas clear. Delete unnecessary information and add sentences where needed to clear up confusing transitions. Did you miss some opportunities to add some "Wow" to your writing? Now is your chance to fix that. Replace everyday words with interesting ones. Time to edit your writing. Now is the time to check for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. You want to make sure the reader isn't distracted by mechanical errors. Have you done all it takes to score a 4? Now it's your turn. Do you like this style of planning? Or this one?
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