Day 1: Explain what narrative writing is. Read a personal narrative with students. You may want to choose a picture book to model this with students. Thundercake by Patricia Polocca is a wonderful narrative to share. There are many more suggestions online.
Day 2: Have students begin brainstorming their own memories to pick that “special” one for their own personal narrative.
Day 3: Have students choose the one memory that they will write about in their personal narrative. Students will brainstorm this memory at a more in-depth level.
Day 4: Introduce hooks and leads for personal narratives. Students will write a hook/lead for their personal narrative.
Day 5: Introduce introductions for personal narratives. Students will write an introduction for their personal narratives, after you have modeled one.
Day 6: Introduce the body paragraphs for personal narratives. Model how to write a body paragraph. Have students work on drafting their first body paragraphs. (If you have access to computers, you may want to allow students to use their graphic organizers that were completed in days 2 and 3 to draft their paragraphs at the computer. If so, make sure that you check their work daily to verify that they are progressing in a proficient manner.)
Day 7: Students will continue drafting their body paragraphs.
Day 8: Students will finish drafting their body paragraphs.
Day 9: Introduce conclusion paragraphs for personal narratives. Have students compose their conclusion paragraphs, after you have modeled one.
Day 10: Introduce one mini-lesson for revising. Have students work on revising only this one part of their personal narratives.
Day 11: Introduce another mini-lesson for revising. Have students work on revising only this one part of their personal narratives.
Day 12: Introduce another mini-lesson for revising. Have students work on revising only this one part of their personal narratives.
Day 13: Conference with students to correct capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Day 14: Complete conferencing.
Day 15: Product published copies of the students’ personal narratives.