2 What Does Personal Narrative Mean? Personal~having to do with oneselfNarrative~telling a storyA personal narrative is a story about yourself!
3 Point of ViewPersonal Narratives are told in FIRST PERSON point of viewUse pronouns like I, me, we…YOU are telling the story of what happened to you.
4 Focus of your personal narrative Focus on only ONE event in your storyDo not try to tell your whole life story
5 CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERPersonal Narratives should be told in chronological orderStart with what happened first, second, third, etc.Use transitions that help show the passage of time (then, later, the next day, etc.)
6 Introduction Technique Use a sophisticated introduction techniqueFor this assignment, you will you the technique called FLASHBACKI will teach you how to use flashback when we start the writing process
7 Include reactions in your story Tell the reader how people reacted to the events in the storyWhat did you and the other people DO?What did you and the other people SAY?This is what makes the story interesting and connects the reader to the events
8 Include reflection in your story Reflection tells why the story is importantReflection reveals what you and the other people in the story learned from the experienceReflection indicates why the story is memorableThis is what makes your writing more mature!Use reflection throughout your story, but especially at the end (as a conclusion)
9 ISAT TestingThere will be a Personal Narrative prompt on the ISAT test in MarchYou will be expected to write a multiple-paragraph essay
10 Your Prompt:Write a Personal Narrative Essay about an important, life-changing event from your lifeInclude reactions and reflections in your essayUse flashback as an introduction techniqueDescribe your memorable eventReturn to the flashback in the conclusionFollow the steps of the Writing Process