2nd Grade - Writing Brief Narratives

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
Writing
Writing brief narratives
Write brief narratives based on their experiences that move through a logical sequence of events and describe the setting, characters, objects, and events in detail.
Read a model of a personal narrative. Identify characteristics of personal narratives. Use chronological order to tell a story. List story ideas that tell who, what, where, when, and why. Identify ideas that are unimportant to the topic of a story.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is a personal narrative?

(2)

What pronouns does the writer use to name him or herself in a personal narrative?

(3)

How many events does the author write about in a personal narrative?

(4)

Name two ideas that you could write about in a personal narrative.

(5)

What are the 5 W’s that should be answered when writing a narrative?

Learning Tips

(1)

To understand a personal narrative, discuss with your child events that have happened in his or her life. Let them know that a personal narrative tells about something that really happened to the writer.

(2)

Have your child read various narratives. Ask your child what pronouns the author used to describe him or herself in the writing. The author will always use the pronouns I and me to describe themselves in a personal narrative.

(3)

To help your child think of ideas to write about, encourage them to think of things that have happened to them recently in which they can tell about in detail. (Ex. When was a time when you were scared? When did you receive your favorite gift?) Remind your child, that when writing a personal narrative, they must only pick one event to write about.

(4)

To encourage your child to tell enough detail when writing, remind them to answer the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why). Answering these questions about their topic will help them brainstorm details to make their writing interesting to the reader.

(5)

Remind your child to keep to the topic. The supporting details should only relate to the topic that the author has chosen to write about. Have your child proofread their details. If it doesn’t belong to the story, have them cross the detail out.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

What is a personal narrative?

(2)

What pronouns does the author use to describe him or herself?

(3)

What are the 5 W’s that should be answered when writing a personal narrative?

(4)

How many events should be written about in a personal narrative?

(5)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

A Day at School

1. Got on the school bus

2. Colored with my crayons in class

3. Swam at the beach

4. Went to gym class

__________

(6)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

A Day at the Zoo

1. Watched the seal show

2. Skated on the ice

3. Fed the animals

4. Bought a ticket to get in the zoo

__________

(7)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

A School Valentine’s Party

1. Slid down the waterslide

2. Passed out my cards.

3. Opened up my treats

4. Ate a heart cookie

__________

(8)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

The Baseball Game

1. Went into the stadium

2. Ate peanuts and a hotdog

3. Danced on stage

4. Cheered for the team

__________

(9)






Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

Going Camping with the Family

1. Set up the tent

2. Toasted marshmallows over a fire

3. Fished in the lake

4. Danced on stage

__________

(10)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

A Day at the Beach

1. Played with the beach ball

2. Typed on the computer

3. Built a sandcastle

4. Swam in the ocean

__________

(11)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

A Great Time at an Amusement Park

1. Went hiking in the forest

2. Won a prize at a game

3. Ate cotton candy

4. Rode rides

__________

(12)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

_______________________

  1. Ate popcorn at the theater

  2. Watched a movie.

  3. Bought tickets

  4. Sat in the dark

(13)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

_______________________

  1. Wet the car with the hose

  2. Washed it with a sponge

  3. Rinsed the car off

  4. Dried it with a towel

(14)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

_______________________

  1. Put the clothes away

  2. Dusted the furniture

  3. Ran the sweeper

  4. Cleaned the windows

(15)


On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

_______________________

  1. Pick out a dog.

  2. Named the dog

  3. Brought it home

  4. Taught it tricks

(16)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

_______________________

  1. Shot the basketball

  2. Guarded my friend

  3. Dribbled the ball

  4. Passed the ball

(17)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

_______________________

  1. Was very nervous before going on stage

  2. Had on a beautiful costume

  3. Smiled big

  4. Everyone cheered

(18)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: Eating at my favorite restaurant

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(19)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: Creating a project in art class

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(20)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: A school party

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(21)


Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: My 7th birthday party

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(22)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: The time I made my first friend

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(23)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: A time when I was surprised

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(24)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: My first day in second grade

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(25)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: A time when I was scared

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

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