Narrative Writing

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 11059

You have a story to tell, and you want to get it right. Study the three parts to a compelling story: the introduction, body, and conclusion. Learn the details of writing the details of your narrative!



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

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Narrative Writing Tip #2: A good story includes vivid details and imagery! Sharpen your memory!

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

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

In this second lesson, you will learn more about what narrative writing is, and complete the first draft of your writing piece. Let's get started!

As you learned in the first lesson on prewriting, a narrative work is a piece of writing that tells an account of something personal.

Narratives include:

  • dialogue
  • action
  • focus and purpose
  • sensory details
  • importance of event

You also completed the brainstorming and prewriting on a narrative topic.

Before you begin the second step of the writing process, writing a first draft, take a few minutes to watch these videos on narrative writing. They will give you a few ideas of how to get started on your writing.

Each video will focus on a different piece of your writing: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. As you watch, take notes on some of the strategies you would like to try in your own writing:

Writing a Personal Narrative: Writing an Introduction or Opening for KidsImage - Video

Writing a Personal Narrative: Writing a Draft for Kids:Image - Video

Writing a Personal Narrative: Writing a Closing or Conclusion for Kids:Image - Video


These three videos show you all of the important parts of a narrative piece: the introduction, the body, and the closing.

It may seem daunting to include all of these elements in your writing, but there are ways to break the process down so that it can be done!

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