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Title: Personal Narrative


Personal Narrative
Your Story


A Personal Narrative
  • Is an interesting story about the writer.
  • Is written in the first person (using the
    pronouns I, me, and my.
  • Has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  • Presents events in a clear order.
  • Uses details to help readers see people, places,
    and events.
  • Shows how the writer feels about the experience
    and why it is meaningful to him or her.

The personal narrative tells about
  • A good time
  • A bad time
  • An important time
  • A memorable event
  • A first time
  • A last time


  • Take a few minutes and write without stopping.
  • Write about where the story takes place. Close
    your eyes and recall the place in your narrative.
    What do you see? Hear? Taste? Smell? Feel?
  • Write about the people who will be in your
    narrative. Think about the way each one looks,
    acts, and speaks. Conversation or dialogue is a
    good way to draw your readers into the action.
  • List the main events of the narrative along a

Writing a Personal Narrative of a Memory
  • Lesson 5
  • LEQ--How does chronology in a narrative affect
    the readers perception of the conflict in the

Key Words
  • Chronologythe time sequence of the events in a
  • Most of the time, events are told in the
    chronological or time order in which they occur.
  • Sometimes an exciting moment in the chronology
    is pulled out as a lead into the introduction to
    get the reader interested.

Key Words
  • Conflictthe problem in the story
  • Every narrative needs some kind of problem or
    conflict to keep the reader interested.
  • Try to make your reader aware of the problem or
    conflict by the end of your introduction.

Review your Planning Page
  • Check your skeleton plan
  • Remember why you have chose this topic and why it
    is important to you.

Topic and Tone!
  • Choose your topic
  • (something that has affected you, taught you a
    lesson, inspired you, meant something to you that
    is important)
  • Choose your tone---Humorous or Nostalgic
  • Humorousyou help your reader see the funny
    side of human nature
  • Nostalgicyou help your reader understand why
    this event in the past meant a lot to you

Organizing your Narrative
  • Think, Introduction, Development, Conclusion.
  • Look at the PSSA Narrative rubric in eBackpack
    for helpful reminders about the 9 elements needed
    in a good narrative.


Lead or Introduction

Grabs the reader's attention!!
Introduces the reader to the situation, .
Introduces the reader to the point of view and
Introduces the tone and the conflict

Types of Leads
  • Appeal to the readers senses by writing a vivid
    description of the scene.
  • Make readers wonder by asking a question.
  • Lure readers into the story quickly by using

Supporting ParagraphsThe Chronology of
  • Always begin with a transition that helps the
    reader understand the progression of time, and
    then establish the situation in the topic
    sentence. Use specific details that support the
    topic sentence. Use sensory words to keep the
    readers attention.
  • Wrap up the paragraph with a concluding or
    transitioning sentence.
  • Remember to develop a minimum of 8 supporting

Transition Words/Phrases for Narrative
Writing   After subsequently at first As soon as
first it began Before second it
started Next once after that Initially in
the meantime during
  • Use a topic sentence for your concluding
  • Wrap up all loose ends so that the reader doesnt
    have any questions.
  • Your last sentence should conclude the narrative.
    The reader knows that the story is over. Giving
    a reflection or meaningful insight lets the
    reader know how the story events have affected
    you and/or the reader.


Revise and Edit
  • Read your paper aloud to yourself or a partner.
    Did the introduction capture you or your
    partners attention?.
  • Is the order of events clear? Did I include
  • Is the tone clearly humorous or nostalgic?
  • Do I use details that appeal to the five senses?
  • Is the conclusion an end that gives a meaningful
    reflection or insight to the narrative?
  • Do I have at least 10 paragraphs?


Have fun writing your narrative!!!