When teaching narrative writing, many teachers separate personal narratives from short stories.
In my own classroom, I tended to avoid having my students write short stories because personal narratives were more accessible.
The line between fact and fiction has always been really, really blurry, but the common thread running through all of it is good storytelling.
With that in mind, the process for teaching narrative writing can be exactly the same for writing personal narratives or short stories; it’s the same skill set.
I have seen over and over again how witnessing that process can really help to unlock a student’s understanding of how writing actually gets made. So the first step in getting good narrative writing from students is to help them see that .
Before I get into these steps, I should note that there is no one right way to teach narrative writing, and plenty of accomplished teachers are doing it differently and getting great results. But when they actually have to put words on paper, they forget their storytelling abilities: They can’t think of a topic. They gather at lockers to talk about that thing that happened over the weekend.
Another writer might create a short story in first person that reads like a personal narrative, but is entirely fictional.
Just last weekend my husband and I watched the movie Lion and were glued to the screen the whole time, knowing it was based on a true story.
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“Those who tell the stories rule the world.” This proverb, attributed to the Hopi Indians, is one I wish I’d known a long time ago, because I would have used it when teaching my students the craft of storytelling.