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Examples of Personal Narratives (keywords to try: personal narrative + example )

Notes taken in class:
  • happened to you with in 15 minutes of your life
  • It's often effective to begin your narrative with a paragraph that introduces the experience and communicates the singificance. Make the being a hook to get the read interested.
  • Answer the questions Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
  • Recreates the experience.
  • The writer describes a problem he or she faced, the feelings about that
    situation, events in the order in which they happened, and they have to
    form picture of the story in the readers mind.
    • One you have found you aha! Write and rewrite and even use white lies to
      bring it to life and express the aha! Of your story

      Get feedback from someone who was close to your experience

      Read you essay out loud

      Fine tune and tweak
    • Purpose- to inform and entertain
      Beginning- introduces that incident, including the people and place involved.
      Middle- describes the event using descriptive details an possibly dialogue.
      End-tells the outcome or result of the event/
      What dialogue would move our narrative along and make it more realistic.
      Word Choice
      Specific nouns, verbs, and modifiers.
    • Planning Your Personal Narrative
      1. Decide on the tone you want to create.
      2. Make a time line.
    • - A narrative essay is a piece of writing that recreates and experience
      through time.

      -In addition to telling a story, a narrative essay also communicates a
      main idea or lesson learned.

      -Identify the experience that you want to write about.
      -Think about why the experience is significant
      -Create an outline

      -Rather than telling your readers what happened, use vivid details and
      descriptions to actually recreate the experience for your readers.
      -Always keep in mind that all of the small and seemingly unimportant
      details known to you are not necessarily known to your readers.

      -Prompts for topics: childhood memory, achieving a goal, a failure, a good
      or bad deed, a change in your life, or a realization.

      -Your essay will have two main parts: 1) the story itself, and 2) the
      statement of meaning.
      -You man place the statement of meaning at the beginning, in the middle or
      at the end. It is always a sound practice to place the main idea of an
      essay at the beginning, but you can also put it within the story at a
      critical point where the meaning of what was happening became clear to
      you. Finally, it can be effective to tell a story completely and to place
      the statement of meaning at the end just as you put the moral of a fable
      at the end.