Personal Narrative Writing 3rd 4th 5th Grade Graphic Organizers Rubric Examples

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⭐ This step-by-step Narrative Writing Unit will make teaching personal narratives SO much easier! ⭐ It includes hands-on personal narrative activities, graphic organizers, writing examples, posters, writing prompts, outlines, writing process anchor charts, and more. This unit uses Explicit Writing Instruction™ to guide you every step of the way.


You’ll be able to teach each part of the personal narrative in the most impactful way to ensure students understand AND apply these writing strategies!


This print and digital Narrative Writing Unit targets:

  • personal narrative structure
  • small moments
  • leads
  • show-don’t tell
  • transitions
  • sensory details
  • dialogue
  • types of endings
  • revising
  • editing


It also includes 5 exemplar personal narratives so students can better understand and identify specific parts of a personal narrative!


You’ll love using these easy-to-implement narrative writing lessons and activities. No more spending hours prepping and planning personal narrative lessons. This explicit writing resource walks you through teaching the narrative writing process, helping you feel confident and ready for a no-stress writing block.




  • Posters for Teaching and Student Reference
  • Teaching Example Pages and Student Handouts
  • Personal Narrative Structure Graphic Organizers
  • Targeted Practice Pages for Personal Narrative Component
  • Sorts to Practice Leads and Endings
  • Five Sample Personal Narratives for Reference
  • Outlines in Two Formats
  • 33 Posters for Teaching and Reference
  • Editable Checklists for Students to Revise and Edit
  • Editable Rubric
  • Writing Pages for Rough Drafts and the Final Draft
  • Answer Keys
  • Teacher Notes PDFs with LINKS to Digital


You’ll find teaching writing using the Explicit Writing Instruction method helps give your students a specific structure for writing and gives them the tools they need to take that structure and make it their own.


This method has been successful in my classroom, and in tens of thousands of classrooms around the globe.



❤️ Why you’ll love this resource: ❤️


  • Directly teaching students each part of a personal narrative using Explicit Writing helps your students to fully understand narrative writing construction before being asked to write a short story from their lives.
  • This unit takes the guesswork out of teaching personal narratives to save you time and give you the confidence you need.
  • It comes in a digital version that’s easy to assign and easy to use in Google Classroom™ for maximum flexibility.
  • The narrative writing posters provide a visual reference for students.
  • This unit works well in the classroom, for homeschool, or for eLearning.
  • With this resource, students get concentrated practice with each skill, with multiple practice sheets or slides.




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Remember, this resource should only be placed on password-protected websites like Google Classroom™ or SeeSaw and not made available on public platforms or district servers


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