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What is a personal narrative?
A personal narrative is a story that a person writes about
his/herself and is written in first person, using the
perspective of “I.”
A personal narrative talks about your life experiences,
often centered around a specific topic or theme, such as
your experiences in education, your experiences with
others cultures, or your experiences with making difficult
For this class, you will write a 1-2 page personal
narrative about your experiences with education.
How do I start?
First you need to brainstorm and think about all your
experiences with education or schooling. You can start from
the time that you were a child.
Do not think of educational experiences as only what you have
learned in school. We learn from grandparents, parents,
friends, cousins, boyfriends, girlfriends, children, and even
strangers. We learn from success and we learn from failure.
We learn many new skills at our jobs.
In your narrative, you can talk about the good and bad
learning experiences you have had that make you who you
To brainstorm you can use mind mapping software or even a
simple MS Word template such as those on the next slide.
Mindmup-Mind mapping software
If you are interested in MindMup, you can watch the following video:
You can also use SmartArt templates in Microsoft Word like the one
below. The following is not my story, it is just an example.
I was born in
Mexico and lived
there until I was
We moved to the
US when I was 8
and I had to
Kids made fun of
me at school
because of my
By high school I
really well. I
watched a lot of
movies with my
boyfriend I met
in 7th grade.
We were not
starting a family
young, but when
I was 16, my
boyfriend and I
had a baby girl.
and our little girl
learn new things
together all the
Your personal narrative assignment
You will write a 1-2 page educational narrative using
Microsoft Word (MsWord).
You will upload the assignment in Schoology.
This assignment is worth 100 points.