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Personification First Person Narrative

Focus: personification, "voice", "sentence fluency", and "conventions" in a narrative

(Writing 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6; Language 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)


  • Brainstorm several non-human objects and emotions, using the Personification Brainstorm worksheet.
    • Give specific emotions, such as "confusion" or "pride".
    • Avoid simple emotion words, such as "happy" or "sad".
  • Select one object and one emotion that you plan to write about.
    • Choose an object you are familiar with.
    • Choose an emotion that you have felt strongly yourself.
  • Fill in the 3 blanks with the emotion you have chosen.
  • Brainstorm at least 5 ideas in each of the three sections (actions, sayings, events).
  • Select at least 2 ideas from each section that could work well together to describe your personified object.
  • Write a rough draft of your paragraph.
    • Leave three blank lines before you begin, so there will be space for your introductory sentence later.
    • Write on every-other line (skip lines between what you write).
    • Include 5 to 7 detail sentences.
    • Order your paragraph sentences to make sense.
    • Remember to write from a "first person" point of view.
      • Write as if you are the object telling the story.
      • Tell what it thought and felt when events happened to it, from a personal perspective.
      • Key words: I, me, my, mine, we, us, our, ours
    • Remember to only use synonyms, never specifically state the emotion you have chosen.
    • Develop an introductory sentence and a conclusion sentence for the one-paragraph essay.
  • Peer edit using the Six Traits of Writing guide.
    • Focus on "voice".
      • Be sure you have "shown" the reader what is happening.
      • Remember to only use synonyms, never specifically state the emotion you have chosen.
    • Use your "sentence fluency" skills to add variety to your sentence patterns!
  • Type a final copy.
    • Remember a title and your paper heading.
    • Use the computer settings to "double space" your paragraph.
    • Indent the first line.
    • Your finished paragraph should be about 7 to 10 sentences long.