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Teaching Resources for Writing Personal Narratives

This playlist has everything you’ll need to get your students started on a personal narrative essay so they can share their unique stories with the world.

Storybooth Animated Tales: Frog Dissection Disaster | Storybooth

Storybooth is a digital platform that allows for kids (and a few adult guests) to submit their own real-life personal narratives. The best stories are then chosen to be animated and shared online. These 2 short stories we’ve selected, ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, can be used to start a dialogue about personal narratives. For more videos, visit their homepage at  but please note that some of their clips may not be considered classroom appropriate by some. In Frog Dissection Disaster group of students in biology class must dissect a frog but things quickly get out of control. 

Storybooth Animated Tales: Adopted! | Storybooth

In this 2nd Storybooth tale,  Malaisia tells the story of how she and her brothers were bounced from foster home to foster home before finding their forever family.

Writing Personal Narratives | ThinkCERCA*

This comprehensive interactive lesson is one-stop-shopping for personal narrative writing and is the perfect resource for a self-paced class. From choosing a topic to writing a complete draft, students receive step-by-step guidance with each slide. Then they can take a short quiz to check their comprehension.

Get in the Mood (Writing Prompts) | Kiddom

If your students are still having a difficult time choosing a topic for their essay, here’s a list of suggestions with each prompt organized through the use of emojis.

Brainstorming Personal Narrative Topics | Teaching Without Frills

The first step to prepare for writing a personal narrative is brainstorming. This video walks students through the process.

Narrative Structure |

This print-out outlines the key points in the structure of a narrative essay and provides a graphic organizer so that students can begin constructing their stories.

The Tourist’s Dilemma | NextLesson*

In this interactive lesson, students become travel writers by writing personal narratives about a visit to a tourist site. They’ll read and annotate narratives before performing the research they’ll need to write their own.

Eboni Hogan

Content Specialist

Eboni has extensive experience in curriculum development, with a focus on culturally-responsive and arts-based approaches. Having spent years creating academic content and providing professional development to teachers, she now curates themed playlists meant to provide educators with valuable, time-saving resources.

ELA Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3 / W.4.3 / W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3.A / W.4.3A / W.5.3A Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3.B / W.4.3B / W.5.3B Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

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