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Personal Narrative Writing

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Kristin Blathras

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of Personal Narrative Writing

Personal Narratives
Let's write to make our audience gasp, laugh out loud, smile, or change themselves. Let's read that kind of writing over and over again.
Questions to ask ourselves as we listen to this reading:
1. How does this kind of writing mainly go?
2. What has the author done here that I could try?
By: Sandra Cisneros
Were you able to picture the story exactly?
What did you notice about this story?
What are the main things that Sandra Cisneros has done that I need to keep in mind if I'm going to write like this?"
Personal Narrative Writing
Today you will learn: When we want to make powerful writing, one strategy we can use is to study the writing of authors, and peers that we admire. We can read their writing and ask, "What did this author do that I could do also in order to make my own writing more powerful?"
Lessons from Mentor Personal Narratives
Lesson 1
Writers often write about a seemingly small episode - yet it has big meaning for the writer.
Lesson 2
Writers often tell the story in such a way that the reader can almost experience it from start to finish. It helps to record the exact words a character uses.
Lesson 3
Writers often express strong feelings, and they often show rather than tell about those feelings.
Small Group Assignment
You all got a copy of a personal narrative. Instead of writing, we are going to read.
First, read like a reader. (envision and experience the text) Imagine you are the character, or that you are in the room.
Second, Read like a writer (analyze, think what the what the writer has done). Think what you can try on Monday. Highlight or underline a part that was really meaningful to you. Write these ideas down. Get ready to talk about this list.
After you listen to the story, list two things the author has done to engage the reader.
Wrap Up
Goal: To write personal narratives that make readers stop in their tracks! Read first as readers, then as writers. Your job: When you read during independent reading, think, "How did the author write this? What did the author do that I can try?"
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