The third phase students begin their own personal narrative. They first create a story map, map of their heart, or map of their neighborhood. They use this map as a springboard of stories. Students learn storytelling skills and tell the stories of the map. These stories lead to making a list of personal narratives they would be interested in writing a story about. The list is used to select two to three stories to begin in their writing notebooks.

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Memory Map

by Laura Amatulli

A Memory Map is a tool for generating personal stories. Students are asked to draw a map of a place they love. When the map is complete the point to places on the map that tell a story. They will find they have many stories to tell. One story is chosen to focus in on to develop a beginning, middle, and end to a personal story. This is a script of how to create a memory map to stimulate ideas for personal narrative writing. This resource is part of the Personal Narrative collection.
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The teacher will model telling a story from her memory map as well as share tips for the art of storytelling, including ways stories can be creatively told. Students then prepare their own stories to tell and share them with peers. This resource is part of the Personal Narrative collection.
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