Narrative Revising

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 11105

Have you ever read your writing backward? You really should! It's part of the revising process, where you add more life to and remove errors from your story. Online quizzes make it fun!



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

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Narrative Writing Tip #3: A piece of narrative writing needs to keep the reader's attention, so make your words lively, descriptive, exciting, active, emotional, and precise! Help the reader relive your story!

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 third lesson, you will revisit the first draft of your writing piece and begin to make changes so you can prepare your writing for publishing. Let's get started!

As you learned in the first two Related Lessons, a narrative work is a piece of writing that tells an account of something personal. Narratives include dialogue, action, focus and purpose, sensory details, and importance of event. You also completed the first draft of your narrative piece, which means you are ready to do some revising.

Before you begin this step of the process, watch the following Writing a Personal Narrative: Revising for Kids video for an overview of how to revise your own writing:


As you saw in the video, revising is not about making small changes like punctuation and grammar, but instead focuses on making big changes, such as adding and removing words and altering pieces of your story, including dialogue.

Think back to the Narrative Writing Tip at the beginning of the lesson. The words you choose for your writing should be lively, descriptive, exciting, active, emotional, and precise in order to keep the reader's attention. In many situations, adjectives, adverbs, and dialogue are great ways to add interest to your writing.

Move on to the next section to become more familiar with adjectives, adverbs, and dialogue in writing.

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