What is a Personal Narrative?
Personal Narratives are written about something
important to the writer that will be conveyed to the
It is a story about a MOMENT or EVENT in your lifeNot your whole life story!
The characters are the people (and sometimes
animals) in the story. Personal narratives are told by
the writer and are about the writer.
The setting is the time and place of the story.
The plot is the sequence of events in the story. In
personal narratives, the events in the story support
and enhance the meaning.
Movement through time
The passing of time is always evident in the plot and
often in the characters and the setting.
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
Point of View- POV
Personal Narratives are told in FIRST PERSON point of
Use pronouns like I, me, we…
YOU are telling the story of what happened to you.
Include REACTIONS in your story
Tell the reader how people reacted to the events in the
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
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)