Narrative Prewriting

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 11048

Writing is just writing, right? Not really! To write a right narrative, you need to prewrite first. It's not hard at all, and this lesson will help you write about an important event in your life!



English / Language Arts
learning style
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Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
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Dig Deeper

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Narrative Writing Tip #1: Narrative writing is focused on a personal experience, so it should be written to have an emotional impact on the reader.

  • What experience would you like to write about?

Hello and welcome to the series, The Writing Process: Narrative Writing.

During this series, you will complete and publish a piece of narrative writing. Each of the Related Lessons, found in the right-hand sidebar, is designed to take you through another step of the writing process, so it is very important that you keep all work from previous lessons with you.

In this first lesson, you will learn more about what narrative writing is, and brainstorm to select a topic for your writing piece. Let's get started!

Before we get to the prewriting part of the lesson, let's take a little time to focus on the narrative part of the lesson.

Narrative writing is writing in which you tell a story (something that has happened to you). It is descriptive and emotional, and often teaches the reader a lesson or gives the reader new insight upon its conclusion.

Many narrative pieces are also written in first-person.

For more about narrative writing (including an example), watch the video below, Lesson - Personal Narrative:

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There are many elements included in narrative writing:

  • first person
  • dialogue
  • action
  • focus and purpose
  • sensory details
  • importance of the event

It may seem like a daunting task to include all of these in your writing, but if you take it step-by-step, it can be done!

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