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Title: Personal Narrative


1
PersonalNarrative
  • Writing that is about a persons
  • personal experiences
  • written by that person

2
Elements of a Personal NarrativeYou will
probably use several, but not all of these
elements in your personal metaphor paper.
  • Point of View
  • Strong Lead
  • Character and Setting
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue and Blocking
  • Interior Monologue
  • Show Dont Tell
  • Strong Conclusion

3
Point of View
  • Personal narratives are written in first person
    point of view.
  • The narrator is a character in the story.
  • First person pronouns are used to indicate the
    writer is telling the story from his/her point of
    view.

4
Strong Leads
  • A strong lead immediately grabs the readers
    attention by being out of the ordinary and
    exceptionally interesting.
  • Strong lead ideas
  • Short, arresting sentence
  • Astonishing or shocking statement or scenario
  • Exciting direct quotations
  • Flashback
  • Inspiring and philosophical ideas
  • ANY COMBINATION OF THE ABOVE

5
Character and SettingA good narrative develops
character and setting.
  • Character Description
  • Physical appearance
  • Personality traits
  • Directly stated
  • Shown through actions and words
  • Setting Description
  • Elaborate description of place
  • Imagery - sights, sounds, smells, touch, taste
  • Time

6
ConflictYour paper will include some, but
perhaps not all aspects of conflict as defined
here.
  • The problem around which the narrative revolves
    is called the conflict.
  • A good personal narrative cleverly introduces the
    conflict, excitingly develops it, and
    meaningfully resolves the conflict in the end.

7
Dialogue and Blocking
  • Dialogue is when characters in the narrative
    speak aloud to one another.
  • Dialogue should develop characters by giving
    clues about their personalities and feelings.
  • There are specific rules for writing dialogue.
  • Blocking is words that physically situate or
    describe what the speaker is doing as he/she
    speaks.
  • Stop! he shouted while angrily pounding his
    fists on the table.

8
Interior Monologue
  • Interior monologue tells what the character is
    thinking and feeling inside his/her head.
  • It helps the reader discover more information
    about the character.
  • It is often written in italics.

9
Show Dont Tell
  • A good narrative develops the conflict and story
    through the use of vivid, descriptive language.
  • He was tall. (telling - how boring!)
  • His shadow loomed over my head, covering me in
    darkness. (showing - yay! ?)
  • Figures of speech such as simile, metaphor,
    personification, and hyperbole are great ways to
    show not tell.

10
Strong Conclusion
  • A personal narrative ends with a personal
    revelation.
  • A revelation is a big ideaan important or
    life-changing realization based on the narrative
    experience.
  • This revelation is often stated directly, but can
    be cleverly alluded to.

11
Analyzing Personal Narratives
  • In the model narratives, find and analysis
    examples of
  • Strong Leads
  • Character and Setting Development
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue and Blocking
  • Interior Monologue
  • Showing Not Telling
  • Strong Conclusions
  • BE READY TO SHOW AND DISCUSS!
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