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Personal Narrative. By, Mr. Totten. Definition. A Personal Narrative is a personal story. Most usually write about. Events Things. Key Elements to a Narrative. Key Elements of your story include. Setting Characters Plot Dialogue. Setting. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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6 Trait Writing

By, Mr. TottenPersonal Narrative

A Personal Narrative is a personal story.Most usually write about.EventsThings


Key Elements of your story include.SettingCharactersPlotDialogueKey Elements to a Narrative

The setting is very important to your personal narrative. LocationTimeGeographyClimatePopulation


Characters are another important part of your personal narrative.AgeRelationshipDialogueGenderRound/FlatCharacters

Consider the plot when you write your personal narrative.Where are you going?Where are you starting?What is the conflict?What is the resolution?Is there a lesson learned?Plot

Types of conflict includeMan vs. ManMan vs. SocietyMan vs. SelfMan vs. NatureMan vs. Machine/TechnologyMan vs. SupernaturalMan vs. Destiny


Tone refers to the mood of your story.These moods include:LightheartedOminousGloomyMysteryAnalyticalEct.Tone

Tone is affected by each of the following:SettingCharactersDialogueRelationshipsCircumstancesEct.Tone

The dialogue is a very important part of your personal narrative. Dialogue refers to the conversation between characters in the story.AdultsTeenagersChildrenElderly

DialogueProfessionRelationshipCircumstancesMood/DispositionHardshipsLuckAttitudesDialogue cont

Great writing is in the details! Details apply to everything involved in the writing.SettingCharactersDialogueEct..Details

Think about the Point of View you want to tell your story in.First PersonSecond PersonThird Person (Limited omniscient)Third Person (Omniscient)Point of ViewWhen you use First Person the story is told from the perspective of the main character.Pronouns are prefered.IMeMyExample:I forgot my keys at the beach and we were stranded outside all evening.First Person The only pronoun used to refer to the main character (Subject) is You.Second person is used forSongsPoemsNever write a story in second person!Second PersonThird person stories are told by a narrator outside of the story. The main character can be referred to by their name.The word omniscient means all seeingYou can read peoples minds.So the narrator can read ALL characters minds.Example:Ashley thought to herself I will have my revenge as her brother called her Ashtray for the one-hundredth time in front of her friends. Third Person (Omniscient)Once again third person told by a narrator.The key here is the word limited omniscientThis means you can only read the main characters mind and no other characters.Continue from last Example:Ashley will never get me back for my awesome nickname her brother, Rick, thought.Third Person (Limited-Omniscient)Conventions are important in everything you write.Conventions refers to correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.Reread what you turn in!ConventionsThe biggest piece of advice I can give for writing a story is SHOW the reader dont TELL the reader. Instead of saying:He was incredibly funny.Give me an example.Use your example transitions.

SHOW Me Dont TELL Me!No one wants to hear about how your characters get from one place to another unless there is a conflict on the trip.Keep your personal narrative simple. Decide where you are going and the minimum amount of steps it will take to get you there.Write about something you care about!Tips

In a personal narrative you can stretch the truthbut it must be believable.Believable things:TimeDialogueTransportationUnbelievable things:AliensSuper PowersSpace

Tips ContThe BEST personal narratives are:PersonalEngagingRealisticFlow smoothlyDifficult to write.UncomfortableVulnerable


You are going to write a story about a moment in your life. The moment you choose can be tragic, funny, or even awe inspiring. Most importantly, your personal narrative should be revealing (learned something about yourself). Your story should keep the readers attention throughout. I dont want to read about some regular boring every day experience unless something interesting happened. Your story should be 5 paragraphs and still have quality transitions. Remember the truth can be stretched, but it has to be believable.The Assignment