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  • 1. Personal Narrative Miss Webber Class Third Grade

2. What is a Personal Narrative?

  • Tells the audienceMYstory
  • Well planned story line with details
  • Story occurs in chronological order?
  • Vivid setting and plot
  • Conclusion usually includes how a problem was resolved or something new and exciting.

3. Our Goals

  • Mapping-3 topics
  • Narrowing our focus and adding details
  • Picking 1 topic
  • Active Beginnings
  • Proper Format
  • Making Transitions
  • Editing and Revising

4. Day 1 Mapping and narrowing our focus 5. Mapping

  • Lets look at your list from this weekend.
  • Pick 3 ideas that you feel are your strongest
  • What does it mean to Narrow your focus?

6. Narrowing Your Focus

  • Remember to narrow your topic focus
  • Topics That Are Too Large
    • Our Family Trip to Cedar Point
    • Amusement Park
    • My New School
    • My Fishing Trip
  • Properly Narrow Topic
  • My Roller-coaster Ride
  • First Day at a New School
  • Catching the Big Fish

7. Narrowing even more

  • Our Family Trip to Cedar Point
    • 1. We got up early and got into the car.
    • 2. We were in the car forever.
    • 3. We stopped for lunch.
    • 4. Got to Cedar Point, it was dark
    • My Roller-coaster Ride
    • 1. Standing in line with my brother, Jim, hes eight years old.
    • 2. My hands were sweating, felt like I was going to pass out.
    • 3. Watched the roller coaster drop down the hill like
    • a cannon going off.
    • 4. Felt like I was going to pass out cold.

8. Homework tonight Write down your three topics and come up with 3 or 4 details for each 9. Day 2 Picking a topic and Active Beginnings 10. Picking 1 topic

  • Yesterday we narrowed out focus and last night you found details for 3 ideas.
  • Today, discuss with them with your table partners.
  • From that list, circle the one that you feel your could do your BEST writing on.

11. Hooking the audience

  • What does it mean to HOOK the audience???
  • In order to capture your readers attention, the beginning of your story must be interesting and lively enough to make your reader want to keep reading. One way to do this is to begin with an action.
  • Use the Overhead to practice this
  • Then start with your story an active sentence.
  • Share with your table for suggestions
  • Share with the class.

12. Day 3 Proper Format 13. Proper Format

  • An introduction paragraph with an active beginning
  • 3 to 4 paragraphs
  • Each paragraph has one idea with a topic sentence with 3 to 4 supporting details.
  • Closing paragraph to show how the main character has grown or changed in some way as a result of his or her experiences.

14. Day 4 Smooth Transitions 15. Smooth Transitions

  • One way an author can get the readers attention is by using phrases that we call red flags.
  • Red flags, such asall of a suddenorthe next thing, I knew , indicate a new twist in the plot.
  • Red flags can replace predictable words and phrases, likenextorand then .

16. Transition word choices Use these words to go from paragraph to paragraph

  • Shortly after that
  • Meanwhile
  • Along the way
  • Soon
  • Before long
  • Earlier
  • After all of that
  • Later on
  • During all of this
  • Eventually
  • Immediately
  • Without delay
  • At that very moment
  • An hour later
  • Later that same day
  • Next
  • While this was happening
  • At last
  • As soon as.
  • Not a moment too soon

17. Transition word choices

  • Use these words to go from paragraph to paragraph
  • Also
  • Furthermore
  • For example
  • Mainly
  • Because
  • Otherwise
  • Which, if I must say so myself
  • Without warning
  • Even though
  • Suddenly

18. Transition activity

  • Use the list of Transition words to complete the sentences.
  • Share with the class

19. Day 5 Closing Paragraph And Revising and Editing 20. Closing

  • Writers use the ending of a story to show how the main character has grown or changed in some way as a result of his or her experiences.
  • To do this, writers use a combination of techniques that include describing the main characters memories, decisions, actions, feelings, hopes, or wishes as a result of the events in the story.
  • Use the Overhead to go over some examples

21. Revising andEditing

  • Use your green and purple pens to complete self revising.
  • Use tools such as a dictionary, thesauruses or your writers workshop notebook.

22. Conferencing

    • You will have two peer conferences:
    • The first one, use sticky notes to give suggestions
    • The second one you will use the peer conference sheet
    • Then you will meet with me and we will discuss your paper.
    • Once we have meet, you can write your final draft and draw a picture.