Grade 2 Personal Narrative

Stage 1- Desired Results
Students will be able to independently use their learning to…
  1. Demonstrate independence in reading complex texts, and writing and speaking about them.
  2. Build a strong base of knowledge through content rich texts.
  3. Obtain, synthesize, and report findings clearly and effectively in response to task and purpose.
  4. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  5. Read, write, and speak grounded in evidence.
  6. Use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
  7. Come to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading, listening, and collaborations.
  • W.2.3-Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
  • W.2.5-With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
  • L.2.2-Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • L.2.2.a-Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
  • L.2.2.d-Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy→boil).
  • L.2.2.e-Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
Essential Questions

  • Why do authors write narratives?

  • How do authors decide what events they want to write about?
  • What might authors include in their narratives in order to keep the reader interested?
Big Ideas
Sharing Our Stories

Enduring Understandings

  • Authors write to tell others about important events or ideas from their personal experiences.

  • Sensory details enhance an author’s writing.
Students will know…
  • Narrative writing is one form of writing.
  • Narrative writing tells stories from personal experiences.
  • Elements of personal narratives including characters, setting, events, and personal reaction.
  • Details enhance an author’s writing.
  • Narratives are written in a sequential way to help the reader understand the story.
  • Narratives often include temporal words to signal even order.
  • Well written narratives provide the reader with a sense of closure.
  • Strategies for writing both leads and endings.
  • Authors revise and edit in order to strengthen their writing.
  • The process of editing and revision.
Students will be skilled at …
  • Writing a focused personal narrative that moves through a logical sequence of events with a clear beginning, middle, and sense of closure.
  • Brainstorming a list of personal narrative ideas.
  • Planning visually and orally their personal narratives.
  • Identifying the elements of a personal narrative.
  • Staying on topic as they write.
  • Focusing their writing by zooming in on the most important part by adding/deleting details.
  • Adding details to their writing.
  • Revising to add dialogue to their writing.
  • Capitalizing proper nouns when writing.
  • Injecting thoughts and feelings into personal narratives.
  • Adding specific sensory details and descriptive language to create a picture in the reader.
  • Choosing synonyms for overused words such as “said.”
  • Writing effective leads and ends.
  • Revising writing using transitional words.
  • Explaining the process of revision.
  • Rereading their own writing and do some revision and editing.
Stage 2- Assessment Evidence
Performance Tasks: Complete a final draft of personal narrative at the end of the unit including revising and editing drafts.

Formative: Conferences with students and conference logs

Summative: Students complete revising and editing checklist on their writing.

Student Self-Assessment: At the end of the unit, students will write a reflection piece on what they have learned about narrative writing.
Stage 3- Learning Plan
The goal for narrative writing is to recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure. Students will revise, edit and publish a personal narrative. At the end of theunit there is a celebration. Celebrations need not be elaborate but are a very important part of the writing process.

Lesson #1: BrainstormingIdeas (W.2.3,W.2.5)
Lesson #2:Visually and Orally Planning (W.2.3,W.2.5)
Lesson #3: ElementsofaPersonalNarrative (W.2.3)
Lesson #4: Using a Personal Narrative Elements Chart to Plan (W.2.3)
Lesson #5: Using a Completed Personal Narrative Elements Chart to Write (W.2.3)
Lesson #6: Staying on Topic
Lesson #7: Focusing on the Most Important Part–ZoomingIn (W.2.3,W.2.5).Lesson #8: Adding DetailsLesson #9: Adding DialogueLesson #10: Using Capitals for Proper NounsLesson #11: Internal versus External Story
Lesson #12: Transitional Words
Lesson #13: Introduction to Revision
Lesson #14: Revising in the Middle
Lesson #15: Adding Dialogue
Lesson #16: Word Choice-Using Specific Details
Lesson #17: Word Choice-Creating a Picture for the Reader
Lesson #18: Word Choice-Overused Words (said)
Lesson #19: Show Not Tell
Lesson #20: Show Not Tell-Using Descriptive Language
Lesson #21: Identify Purpose of a Lead
Lesson #22: Types of Leads
Lesson #23: Using Revision Strips to Revise Leads
Lesson #24: Endings
Lesson #25: Author’s Examples of Endings
Lesson #26: FinalProject—Day 1 Punctuation/Choosing a Piece to Publish (L.2.2)
Lesson #27: FinalProject—Day 2 Capitalization (L.2.2)
Lesson #28: FinalProject—Day 3 Spelling (L.2.2.b)
Lesson #29: FinalProject—Day 4 PublishingCelebration

Full Lessons:
Sample Parent Letter:

  • A variety of narrative texts which may include:
  • In Momma’s Kitchen, Jerdine Nolan
  • Shortcut, Donald Crews
  • A Chair for My Mother, Vera B. Williams
  • The Relatives Came, Cynthia Rylant
  • Owl Moon, Jane Yolen
  • The Night of the Moonjellies, Mark Shasha
  • Rollercoaster, Marla Frazee
  • Nana’s Birthday Party, Amy Hest
  • We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past, Jacqueline Woodson
  • Come On Rain!, Karen Hesse
  • Fireflies, Julie Brinkloe
  • Canoe Days, Gary Paulsen