Cooperative Writing

Personal Narrative


Students will cooperatively write a personal narrative on a classroom experience. They will complete all steps of the writing process. At the end of the project, they will create a comic book to illustrate their event.


CCSS W.4.3a: Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

ISTE 1: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology

1b: Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

ISTE 2: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

2d: Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.


The whole class will look at an expert model of a personal narrative. Students will work in pairs to brainstorm classroom experiences (field trips, science experiments, etc.) in which they learned something new and interesting. This will be written in their Writer’s Notebook. After they are finished brainstorming, students will pick one of their experiences and will then sequence their chosen event on a chart.

After the chart is completed, the students will cooperatively write a personal narrative paper about their event. Following that, the students will edit and revise their paper. They will then use or to make a comic book of their story.

Students will be required to write a story about classroom experiences. In their comic book, students will include the following: title, characters, speech bubbles, and illustrations.


Students will be paired up for this activity. Prior to this activity, student’s skill levels have been assessed. Students will be paired with another student close to their skill level. Students are grouped this way because they have skill levels that are more compatible that should lead to better collaboration of thoughts.

Time Line

Day 1: Teacher will introduce the project and the class will look at an expert model.

Day 2: Students will work cooperatively to brainstorm their ideas.

Day 3: Each group will decide which idea to use and complete their sequencing chart.

Days 4 & 5: Groups will begin writing their narratives.

Day 6 & 7: Groups will peer revise and edit their work. The teacher will also edit their narratives. The groups will then complete any revisions necessary.

Day 8 & 9: Students will create comic books using their writing.

Day 10: Students will share their creations with the class.

Completed by:

Amy Christopherson, Kathy Intermill, and Kari Knutson