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Personal Narrative


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Title: Personal Narrative

Personal Narrative
Common Characteristics
  • 1. Clear Purpose to inform and entertain
  • To tell the reader about a specific event in your
  • 2. Set Organization Pattern Chronological order
  • Introduction grabs the reader
  • Body Paragraphs tell the
  • events in order
  • Conclusion explains the
  • importance of the events

  • 3. Style what makes your paper stand out!
  • use of dialogue
  • use of sensory details and careful word choice to
    create vivid image
  • use of show, dont tell technique to create a
    movie in the readers mind
  • 4. Showing / not Telling
  • Example
  • TELL Sarah was angry.
  • SHOW Sarah slammed the door, threw her books on
    the floor, and screamed, I hate this place!

  • 1. While you listen ask yourself does this
    narrative have all the necessary characteristics
    of a Personal Narrative?

Attributes of Good Personal Narrative Writing
  • 1. After listening to the Personal Narrative,
    brainstorm a list with your table of what makes a
    personal narrative successful.
  • 2. Using the poster paper provided create a list
    to share with the class.

Quick Write
  • Write about your name.  Is there a story behind
    how you got that name?  Include details such as
    setting, characters involved, and personal
  • OR
  • Write about one moment from your childhood that
    has stuck with you up until now.  
  • Try to utilize (use) some or all of the
    attributes of good Personal Narrative writing we
    just discussed.

Personal Narrative Archetype
  • Archetype
  • Definition a very typical example
  • of a certain person or thing.
  • Example That book is a perfect
  • archetype of the horror writing."
  • My Name taken from Sandra Cisneros The House
    on Mango Street is an archetype for fictional
    personal narrative writing.

  • Now that you have heard the story of My Name,
    go back and silently reread the story creating a
    HOT MESS of connections to the writing. Think
    about connecting the writing to yourself, to the
    world or other things you have read. Be sure to
    underline or highlight any information that helps
    you understand the authors purpose or intention
    with the writing.

  • How might intention or purpose be shown to the
    reader in the Personal Narrative genre (type of
    writing)? Think about how Cisneros lets the
    reader know her feelings about her name and what
    the name represents.

Exit Ticket
  • What is personal narrative writing?
  • Describe what makes up a good personal narrative?
  • What in todays lesson was new information or
    skills for you?