Narrative Writing: Essay

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12315

Wow! That was the coolest time of my life! I can't wait to share it with my friends! How am I going to get them to say, "Wow!"? Learn how to write (and even publish!) a great story! Are you excited?



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you like adventure stories? What makes them exciting? What exciting event happened in your life? Why not write your own adventure story and share the excitement with others?

All of us have had experiences in our lives that we would describe as "unforgettable."

Some of these experiences may be happy ones, and some may be sad or even a little scary. You can write about these experiences in a personal narrative. A personal narrative is a true story about your life.

You will tell this story from your point of view, which is called "first person point of view." You will use the words "I," "me," "my," and "mine" to relate your experience with others.

Before continuing, if you missed or wish to review the previous Related Lessons in this Narrative Writing series, find them in the right-hand sidebar.

Before you start writing your rough draft, you need to complete a prewriting activity and brainstorm your topic. What unforgettable experience that has happened to you would you like to write about?

  1. Take out a piece of paper and pencil.
  2. Set a timer for three minutes.
  3. List every unforgettable experience that you can think of.
  4. When the timer goes off, stop.
  5. Look over your list.
  • Which experience do you feel comfortable sharing with others?
  • Which one would be enough information to write in an essay?
  1. Remember, when you write an essay, it will be at least four to five paragraphs long.
  2. When you have chosen your topic, tell the story to your teacher or parent to see if they think it will be long enough for the essay.

Now that you have selected your unforgettable experience for your essay, work on your rough draft.

  1. Take out a piece of paper and pencil.
  2. Write down the important things you need to include in your draft while watching Writing a Personal Narrative: Writing a Draft for Kids by Teaching Without Frills:


When you write a personal narrative, you want to make sure that you include:

  • important events. What important things happened? If it is not important, do not include it in your narrative.
  • transition words. Words like "first," "next," "then," "last," and "finally" are a few examples.
  • details. Use descriptive words and sentences.
  • dialogue so your reader can learn more about you and the other characters in your story.
  1. Now, draw some boxes on your paper the way the video did to map out your story.
  2. Draw the important events that happened in your experience in each of the boxes. If you need more than four boxes, add them.
  3. Underneath each box, write brief notes that explain what is happening in your narrative.
  4. Above each of the boxes, write the transition word you will use for that scene.
  5. If the characters are speaking, you might want to include dialogue as well.

Using the boxes and notes, write your rough draft.

  1. Start by writing your beginning, middle, and ending paragraphs first.
  2. Then, go back and write your introduction paragraph; this will tell the readers what you plan to explain.
  3. Then, write your conclusion paragraph, where you will explain the meaning or topic.

When you complete writing your rough draft, move on to the Got It? section.

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