Narrative writing is probably my favorite writing genre to teach, and it’s by far my favorite genre to read-both mentor texts and student writing. It’s also a great way to get to know students on a deeper level. However, personal narratives aren’t always easy for students to write. Students have a tendency to write a list of events, rather than a fully developed narrative. Fortunately through the use of writing workshop, students can be taught how to write quality personal narratives. This post shares a few of my favorite ways to teach personal narratives.
I like to begin each lesson with a mentor text that models good examples of personal narratives, and I use that mentor text to teach different writing strategies. I absolutely believe that third, fourth, and fifth graders are not too old to be read picture books. I know that our read alouds are my students favorite part of the day!
Each week, I’ve also focused on one grammar skill from the Common Core Standards, and I’ve included those skills at the bottom of the lesson plan. These skills should be taught during writing workshop. I like to briefly go over the skill before the mini lesson and following our closing. I teach these skills through mentor sentences that are also included in the file.
All of the forms above are in my Personal Narrative Unit. In the unit, you’ll also find a list of suggested mentor texts, revision checklists, editing checklists, and a rubric for assessing. If you check out the preview you’ll get a few FREE days of lessons!