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All-About-Me Story
Lesson Objective
Students will create a personal narrative by generating ideas for writing from their personal experiences, write details of their
experience in an organized manner, and revise their draft to add details.
Background Information for Teacher
This lesson is designed to be taught over three (3) days.
Student Prior Knowledge
Students need a basic understanding of what details are - the 5 W's - what, who, why, when, where. Good understanding of end
punctuation, capital letter usage, and grade level spelling.
An All-About-Me Story Planning Sheet (pdf)
All-About-Me Story First Draft Sheet (pdf)
All-About-Me Story Final Draft Form (pdf)
Blue pen (Revision Pen)
Red pen (Checking Pen)
Clipboard (optional)
Chart paper
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Day One
Teacher will model how to use the All-About-Me Planning Sheet (Step 3)
by working through it in front of the student. Begin by telling
about three incidents that have occurred in your own life. Choose one of the story ideas you would like to write about. Tell your story
orally to your students. Ask them, "Could I write this story down?"
Model how you could take the oral story and put it into a written personal narrative.
Start the story with a bang - writing an exciting first sentence to draw the reader in.
Model how you would tell the details of your story in an organized format. Be sure to include the beginning,
middle, and end.
Purposely you may want to leave some important details out so you can model how the student can ask
questions to generate more of the story details.
Encourage the student to ask you questions about the story - to help you get the important missing details.
Model writing the story in front of your student on chart paper.
Pass out the An All-About-Me Story planning sheet to the student. (Step 3)
Have the student list two or three things that have happened to them and write them on their planning sheet and pick one idea from
their list to write their personal narrative about.
Have them tell the complete story of the incident. Encourage the student to list a lot of details telling what happened. Ask many
questions to get as many important details as possible. (Remind them of when you were telling your story.) Remind them of your
exciting first sentence and have them try writing an exciting first sentence for their story.
Now have them copy that exciting first sentence on All-About-Me first draft page. Have them write their story. Remind them to include
all the wonderful details.
Day Two
Referring to the planning sheet section 3, the student now revise their first draft. Teacher uses her modeled story and a blue marker
(Revision Pen), to go back through and add details that may have been missing in the first draft. Have the student take their first draft
copy of their All-About-Me story, a clipboard, and the blue pen (Revision Pen).
The student will read their first draft and then add any missing details. The students ask self - Did I forget anything? Do I need to add
any details to make my story better? Add details to make the story more interesting or clear.
Reread their revised story.
Day Three
Teacher models how to take the revised first draft and use her red pen (Checking Pen) to check for errors. Check for and correct end
punctuation, capital letters, and spelling. Teacher then models how to add a title and then how to write a neat final copy on
All-About-Me final draft form.
Have the student take their revised first draft and their red pen (Checking Pen) and make corrections for end punctuation, capital
letters, and spelling. Have them copy their corrected first draft neatly on their final draft form. The student then can add the title.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Have the student illustrate their All-About-Me story.