Personal Narrative Genre: Highlighting Guide
Please take out black, red, green, and blue colored pencils, crayons, or skinny markers. Then read over your essay and complete the following tasks:
- Underline your introduction that makes the topic clear in green.
- Underline your sentence that engages the reader in red.
- Underline the first word of each paragraph in red. Underline places where you manipulated pacing in red.
- Underline vivid adjectives and verbs in blue.
- Underline examples of alliteration, onomatopoeia, and personification in blue.
- Underline your similes and your metaphors in green.
- Underline your reflective close in red.
- Read through your personal narrative with an eye for the no excuse spelling words, especially the words on the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade lists and the words that are homophones (e.g., there, their, they’re and your and you’re, etc.). Underline those no excuse words in black.
Make any changes necessary to your personal narrative at this time, using the rubric, your job chart, and this highlighting guide to help you.
Then staple your personal narrative in the following order (from first page to last): final copy of personal narrative, rough draft of personal narrative (unless this is in your composition book), personal narrative planning sheet or brainstorming work (if you have any), job chart, and teaching rubric.
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