What's in a Narrative?

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 11185

Do you have a funny or exciting story to share? If you learn how to write it down, you can share it with everyone! Watch Mrs. Walk and read about fireflies to learn how to write your own fun story!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Look at the picture above. Tell a short story out loud about the bread becoming a sandwich!

The short story you just told was called a narrative story.

In narrative writing, you are telling a story. The purpose is to entertain the reader. You, the writer, will describe an experience or event in the form of a story. Narrative writing tells who, what, when, why, where, and how.

Watch this video called Narratives for 1st Graders from Kaylee Walk. The woman in the video does a wonderful job showing exactly how she writes a narrative. While watching, focus on what you see the women in the video doing as she creates her story.


Now, let's review what you saw:

  1. Create a video in your head of the story.
  2. Quickly draw the first thing that happened.
  3. Above your picture, write simply what is happening.
  4. Quickly draw what happened next.
  5. Again, above the picture, write what is happening in the picture.
  6. Quickly draw what happened last.
  7. Write above the picture what is happening.
  8. Write a topic sentence letting the reader know what the story is going to be about.
  9. Find a transitional word to start the next sentence.
  10. Write a sentence about each box, using a transitional word to begin the sentence.
  11. Add describing words to make the story more interesting.
  12. Finish the story with a conclusion sentence.

That is a lot to remember, but don't worry — you can always come back to the list above!

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