Friday, November 20, 2015

Personal Narrative Stories!

Our class has been busy throughout the months of October and November working on our personal narrative writing unit. We started generating ideas for writing by discussing small moments that matter. We compared a big overarching topic to a watermelon, and a small moment to a seed. Each child started a list of small moments in a ‘tiny topic’ notepad in their Writer’s Notebook.

Personal Narrative Anchor Chart
We started our own narrative stories by choosing one small moment and stretching it out. We practiced planning our story across our fingers, remembering details from our personal experience. We then mapped out our story with short phrases across our pages. Next, we added detailed pictures to our phrases. We worked hard to write the words to our story and look at mentor texts to study author’s techniques and how to craft a detailed narrative.

We wanted to take our finished product to the next level by creating an audio recording! Mrs. Klipfel helped us use the Book Creator app to take pictures of our illustrations, record our voice reading our story, and add a fun title page. 

Rider, Sage, and Ava take pictures of their illustrations using their ipads
Quinn records his voice using the Book Creator app

Students are so excited to share these projects with you! Enjoy!


  1. Dear Mrs. Ford and Class,
    What a wonderful job you did. I enjoyed working with you on this project. Your drawings turned into paintings were worthy of an art museum. I can't wait until we have another project together.
    Mrs. Klipfel

  2. Wow! I am sorry I had not listened to these before now. These stories are amazing and I can tell that you have been working on word choice. The descriptions made me feel like I was right there with you.