Graphic Organizer for a Personal Narrative
Think of an experience you’ve had that is unusual or interesting. As an alternative, think of a common experience that changed you in some way. Tell the story from your perspective
Write your first sentence here by describing the main character from your story or the setting:______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________+.
Details in Order:Main Event:
(Which details can you describe? Write them below along with a list of possible sensory words)
Strong ending (Reflect on why the story is important or what you learned from it.):
What is a Personal Narrative?
The purpose of a personal narrative is to write about one specific event in your life.
Personal – about oneself
Narrative – tell a story
It is told in the first person (use I, me, my, we, etc.) So, you are telling what happened from your point of view. Using the word I invites the reader into the story.
Focus on only one, specific event in your life.
We have a family reunion every year. This is too broad. Make it more specific.
The following example is from the chapter ‘Redneck Reunions’ from Under the Influence by Phil Hamman.
At one of our family reunions, my cousin Curly got lost in the junkyard when we were playing hide-and-seek. All the kids were playing hide-and-seek, and by the time we went inside for dinner, Curly still hadn’t been found.
Here’s another example of a topic that is too broad:
My friend is really nice.
Make the following topic more specific by telling a specific story about your friend being nice:
The story is told in chronological order, so use transition words to help the flow of the story. Here’s a partial list:
first next then later
one morning tomorrow now the following day
after a while earlier eventually before long
first of all as soon as finally after that