Mrs. Abney & Mrs. Guastella
What is a Personal Narrative?
Personal Narratives are written about something

important to the writer that will be conve...
Characters
The characters are the people (and sometimes

animals) in the story. Personal narratives are told by
the write...
Setting
The setting is the time and place of the story.
Plot
The plot is the sequence of events in the story. In

personal narratives, the events in the story support
and enhanc...
Movement through time
The passing of time is always evident in the plot and

often in the characters and the setting.
Change
There will be change in a personal narrative. Either

the characters, the setting, or the events change.
Often cha...
Point of View- POV
Personal Narratives are told in FIRST PERSON point of

view
Use pronouns like I, me, we…
YOU are tel...
Include REACTIONS in your story
Tell the reader how people reacted to the events in the

story
What did you and the othe...
Include REFLECTION in your story
Reflection tells why the story is important
Reflection reveals what you and the other p...
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The elements of personal narrative

  1. 1. Mrs. Abney & Mrs. Guastella
  2. 2. What is a Personal Narrative? Personal Narratives are written about something important to the writer that will be conveyed to the reader. It is a story about a MOMENT or EVENT in your lifeNot your whole life story!
  3. 3. Characters The characters are the people (and sometimes animals) in the story. Personal narratives are told by the writer and are about the writer.
  4. 4. Setting The setting is the time and place of the story.
  5. 5. Plot The plot is the sequence of events in the story. In personal narratives, the events in the story support and enhance the meaning.
  6. 6. Movement through time The passing of time is always evident in the plot and often in the characters and the setting.
  7. 7. Change There will be change in a personal narrative. Either the characters, the setting, or the events change. Often characters learn something or change as a result of the situation or a conflict and resolution, but not always.
  8. 8. Point of View- POV Personal Narratives are told in FIRST PERSON point of view Use pronouns like I, me, we… YOU are telling the story of what happened to you.
  9. 9. Include REACTIONS in your story Tell the reader how people reacted to the events in the story What 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
  10. 10. Include REFLECTION in your story Reflection tells why the story is important Reflection reveals what you and the other people in the story learned from the experience Reflection indicates why the story is memorable This is what makes your writing more mature! Use reflection throughout your story, but especially at the end (as a conclusion)
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