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mom2mtp 10-04-2011 01:22 PM

Need a story to read to inspire personal narrative
Hi. I am going to have my class write a personal narrative beginning next week. I want to read a short, fun story (a picture book kind) to inspire them about thinking of their own story but I am drawing a blank. Any ideas of a book I could read to them before we start the writing. Thanks.

alihiam 10-04-2011 04:01 PM

When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
My Rotten Redheaded Brother by Patricia Polacco

I like these two, but almost any books by these two authors are written in first person.

DaisyLilli 10-04-2011 06:00 PM

I like Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge. It gives students some ideas about choosing special items and memories to turn into a story.

Teachin'4th 10-04-2011 06:33 PM

Nothing Ever Happens on 95th Street
I enjoy Nothing Ever Happens on 95th Street by Roni Schotter

Also You've got to Write by Wong is a good introduction for students who "can't thing of anything."

stmforever 10-06-2011 08:44 AM

Chicken Soup
I've heard of teachers using stories from the kid's version of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

sweet_teacher 10-09-2011 10:13 AM

I always use either Night Driving or Driving at Night (can't remember the exact title), author's last name is Coy, as an example o f writing about a time the kids went somewhere, then I teach good leads and endings, also, a great site for writing instruction using good published author examples is the Writing Fix...check it out :)

iluv3rd 10-09-2011 11:25 AM

Uncle Jed's Barbershop...
Good for introduction and closing... why is the memory important. Suggested from this amazing web site...

TGall 10-13-2011 01:19 PM

mentor text suggestions
I just did this with my class and we read Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. The kids could relate to the "moment" of losing your most important stuffed animal. We focused on writing about a "moment" instead of an event...kept the topic focused and when reading the book, we were able to see how a lot can be written about one moment.
Kids LOVED it....
I did read My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother by Patricia Polacco - but for Character Analysis instead. Thought is was a little too broad for a personal narrative.....

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