Narrowing Your Focus

Contributor: Erin Jones. Lesson ID: 11800

It's hard to hit a moving target or listen to a dozen conversations going on at the same time. It's just as hard to understand the point of an unfocused story! Focus on this lesson to learn to focus!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Otter, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Did you know that watermelon seeds are good for you?

Watch this quick video.

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  • Okay, but what do watermelon seeds have to do with writing a personal narrative?

Keep reading to find out!

There are four components of a compelling personal narrative.

The first is a narrow focus or topic.

Narrowing your focus when writing a personal narrative lets you give your reader super-specific details about your story. The more finely tuned you are to an exact moment, the better you can describe that moment.

Think about it.

  • What could you describe with greater detail, an entire zoo or one specific animal that caught your attention?

Selecting one particular moment as your topic allows you to fully develop your story and make your readers feel they are experiencing the event as they read your words.

As you watch the following video, think about how you can narrow your focus when writing a personal narrative.

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  • Do you understand the difference between a watermelon topic and a seed story?

Complete this quiz to find out!

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  • How did you do?

Remember, watermelon stories are significant events that may have occurred over a few days. Seed stories are small, focused events focusing on short periods.

In the Got It? section, practice creating seed stories from watermelon topics.

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