Every year I start the school year by writing personal narratives One of the main problems that students have when they are writing a personal narrative, at any age, is they try to tell too much information. Personal narratives are best when they are specific and narrowed down to one event.
I use Patricia Polacco books as an example of a personal narrative. She is one of my favorite authors and I simply love reading her stories. Many children pick too broad a topic when they write their personal narratives (such as their entire life story from birth to the present grade). Patricia Polacco writes about many childhood memories in her picture books, and she always focuses on one specific time or event in her life, such as when she learned to not be scared of storms or she learned to read.