I like this graphic organizer for personal narratives because it is simple and has the correct parts for students to easily "map out" their personal narratives. (Personally I loved when teachers gave me organizers to put my thoughts on paper)
I'm so tired of hearing that the character is "Nice" Classroom: Reading / Writing. Character Traits grouped with similar traits. Use to compare and contrast. What are the subtle differences? Would be great to transfer these into a web organizer.
Strategies for Writing a Story Beginning ~ Free lesson activities for teaching students to write a hook for their narratives. Five story hooks for the same story that illustrate five different methods for beginning the story. Read each one and discuss.