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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.