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Personal Narrative Notes

  1. 1. Personal Narrative<br />A personal narrative is when you write about an event or experience that has personally happened to you.<br />It has a beginning, middle, and an ending.<br />It is written in first person using pronouns: me, my, I, we, or myself.<br />
  2. 2. Personal Narrative Example<br />Going to the doctor is never an experience I look forward to, but my visit to Dr. Kellsington’s office last week really takes the cake. First of all, I was only there for a physical exam, so I could join the swim team at school. Even so, I was kind of creeped-out having to be around medical stuff and smell that rubbing alcohol-smell.<br /> The nurse put me in a little room, and I spent another fifteen minutes waiting for Dr. Kellsington to arrive. Before he came in, a nurse arrived and thought I was some other kid. She came at me with a huge hypodermic needle saying, “Let’s deaden the area and then Dr. K. can take that off for you.” I panicked, let me tell you.<br /> “I’m just here for a swim team physical!” I shouted, backing away from Nurse Needle. I wanted out of that place, fast. She stared at me strangely and then checked the name on my chart.<br /> “Oh,” she said. “I thought you were someone else.”<br /> It was enough to give a kid heart failure.<br />
  3. 3. Narrative Grabbers<br />Grabbers catch our attention right at the beginning and make us want to read the rest of the story.<br />They should make the reader feel curiosity, anger, sorrow, wonder, fear, or mystery.<br />
  4. 4. Weak Grabbers<br />Once upon a time there was a little girl.<br />Jack lived with his mother.<br />The little dog was brown.<br />
  5. 5. Strong Grabbers<br />Sally Romano was a ten-year-old girl who lived all alone in an empty house by the sea.<br />“Mother,” called Jack. “The three beans have grown into a magical beanstalk that leads up to the sky!”<br />The little brown dog limped through town, dragging one bloody paw behind him.<br />

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