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Reintroduce: Personal Narrative

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Lesson Type: Reintroduce
Grade: 1, 2, 3
Group Size: Small Group, Large Group, Whole Class
Length: 20 minutes
Goal: Given a graphic organizer, students will use their knowledge of personal narratives to use it to create their own personal narratives.

Materials: Questioning: 5 W’s graphic organizer (print here)

What to Do


Make copies of Questioning: 5 W’s graphic organizer for each student.


1. Review the elements of a personal narrative.

Let’s see what we remember about personal narratives. We write personal narratives to tell a story about our own experiences. A personal narrative is written from the first-person point of view. Do we use words like he and she or like I and me? A personal narrative has a beginning, middle, and end and has details that help to keep the reader interested. The beginning tells who and what the story is about. The middle tells about two or more events and includes at least one detail for each event to keep the reader interested. The end tells how the writer feels or how the problem was solved.


2. Explain the lesson.

Today you will use a graphic organizer to help plan your own personal narrative. First you will need to think of a topic to write about. Remember that it is a true story about your own experience. You might write about a vacation, a family event, a fun day with friends, or a time when you were very happy or very sad.

3. Explain the organizer.

Once you decide on a topic you will write it here on the top. Next you will fill in the boxes by explaining who you were with, when it happened, where it happened, what happened, and why it’s important to you.

4. Students complete the Questioning: 5W’s graphic organizer.

5. Ask two or three students to use the completed organizer to quickly share their experiences with the class. Keep the rest of the class involved by having them use the 5W’s to ask questions.


For Advanced Students:

Ask these students to begin a first draft of a narrative that includes a beginning, middle, and end on the back of the organizer.

For Struggling Students:

These students may have difficulty coming up with a topic to write about. Help them brainstorm ideas.

For ELL Students:

Make sure that these students understand the questions words. Use visuals or gestures to explain.

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