Writing Personal Narratives in 1st Grade: A Week of Lessons!
March 24, 2020
Do you need any help teaching personal narratives to your kindergarten, first grade or second-grade students?!
While many parents and teachers are embarking on this new adventure of E-learning or learning from home, I wanted to help out in a way that will provide some relief to both busy teachers and busy parents.
To do this, I decided to create a quick YouTube mini-series titled, “Learn at Home with Mrs. Jones.”
Within this series, I am releasing videos that are meant to instruct K-2 students. I offer a mini-lesson in each video and share a read aloud, math activity, or writing lesson. Today, I wanted to talk about the writing lessons I filmed.
Writing Personal Narratives: 5 part mini-series
Within this 5 video playlist, I included a video for brainstorming, planning, adding illustrations, adding words, adding the details, editing, and publishing! We essentially walk through the entire writing process in a simple, easy-to-follow format.
These videos and lessons were made for teachers to be able to send home directly to their K-2 students and parents to complete the steps on their own time!
Here is a peek at each video:
In this first video, I walk students through how to brainstorm some different topics for a personal narrative, narrow down on one, and plan out their narrative with the strategy “Say & Sketch.”
The second video is all about the illustrations. We take our “Say & Sketch” sheet and stretch our illustrations across 3 pages. We also add some transition words.
After we stretch our illustrations, it is time to add some words to our writing! I share a simple strategy I use to get students’ ideas out of their brains and onto some paper.
Now, we need to add some details. In video 4, I share a couple of different ways to add more information to our stories and make them more interesting!
Lastly, we must edit and publish! I walk students through an editing checklist and have them create a cover page for their story before they go ahead and read their story to others!
You can either click on each video individually or you can see the whole playlist in order here:
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