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NCTE: Composing Personal Narratives

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students compose personal narratives and assess each other by exchanging work. They will follow prompts designed to aid meaningful critiques of one another's narratives assessing whether or not the work exhibits understanding of the necessary terms.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio(tm) Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Review the terms narrative, personal narrative, and chronological order. Review how a quality narrative is developed by focusing on an opinion or life lesson that the writer wants to convey. Refer to Activities 1 and 2.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Comprehend the terms narrative, personal narrative, and chronological order.
  • Analyze a short story to better comprehend the narrative form.
  • Develop their own personal narratives.
  • Identify and evaluate narrative form in professional models and peer writing.
  • After the Activity

    After each student has developed his/her narrative, students can exchange work using unit-to-unit cables for the purpose of sharing and assessing one another's ideas for quality and depth. Students will be prompted to assess each other?s narratives for effective development and understanding of the concepts.

    Once these evaluations are completed, the students should have time to review the assessments. It is up to the teacher's discretion as to whether the students are allowed to revise their narratives based upon the reviewer?s comments. (This can be handled as a homework assignment.)

    When the final narratives are completed, have each student read their narrative to the class. If desired, the teacher can give the class time to present any visual aids prior to the oral presentation. Each presentation can be critiqued by the teacher and the class from the standpoint of the effective use of all literary elements studied in this unit.