Ms. Bondra's 5th Grade Class

Personal Narrative Essay


A personal narrative is a story that describes something that happened to you!
Think of a time when you felt happy, sad or afraid. Maybe something unexpected or hilarious happened to you!

The guidelines for your story are:

* Develop a opening sentence that introduces the main idea of your story.
* Each supporting sentence relates and tells specific details about the main idea.
*The supporting sentences show what happened in the correct order.
*There are no unnecessary details in the story.
*The concluding sentence sums up what happened or tells what you thought or felt.
*Write so it sounds like you!
*The paragraph should include a title and heading.
*It should be double spaced!
*The graphic organizer, rough draft, and final draft must be turned in together on the final due date.


Personal Narrative Rubric

Your story will be based on a 1 to 10 grading scale (1=poor 10=excellent)

It will be graded on the following elements:
_____ Organization
Does the story have a beginning, middle and end? Does the opening sentence introduce the main idea? Does the concluding sentence sum up the main idea?

_____ Ideas
Do the ideas in the story make sense? Is the story free of unnecessary events and details?

_____ Word Choice
Did the writer use new and interesting words? Can the reader tell what the words mean? Did the writer use details and dialogue to describe the characters, setting and events?

_____ Sentence Fluency
Do the sentences begin in different ways? Did the writer use some long and short sentences? Does the paper sound smooth when you listen to it?

_____ Voice
Did the writer think about how they wanted the reader to feel when they read the story? Does the story sound like the writer?

_____ Conventions
Did the writer use correct punctuation and spelling? Is the handwriting neat and easy to read?

_____ Requirements
Is there a title and heading? Is the story double spaced? Did the writer hand in the graphic organizer, rough draft and final draft on the due date?
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