This narrative writing exercise is a great way to help kids express themselves, and get creative with different characters and settings. It’s an easy project to execute at home and will encourage your kids to tell their own stories, building on their imagination and confidence.
What is narrative writing?
Narrative writing is a written story told by a narrator. Narrative pieces should have the following elements:
- Main characters – 1-2 lines describing this
- A clear plot – this should have a beginning, middle (the conflict or main event) and then end. (explain this in 1-2 more lines if required)
In this article we’ve included some narrative writing ideas.
Tips for using these prompts:
- Set up a nice, quiet space for writing, free of distractions
- Create an outline and decide how long you want each section to be
- Think of how long you want your written piece to be as a whole, so you know how many words or pages you are aiming for
- Make sure every section is continued smoothly from the previous one and the whole piece is coherent.
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Explore the following narrative writing prompts and write your own story:
- What was your favorite holiday and why? Describe a nice moment from it.
- What is your dream job? Write about what it would be like to spend a day doing that job.
- Who is your hero? Tell us about an incident that made them your hero.
- One day your dog begins talking to you! Write a story about what happens next.
- What is your favorite part about visiting your grandparents’ house?
- Write about your best birthday ever. What made it so special?
- Write about a time you stood up for yourself. How did you feel?
- If you went to space, what would you do there?
Try to keep each piece at only one page. Share your final written piece with an adult and discuss it with them to come up with ways you can improve your writing! You might find yourself making spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Don’t be discouraged! Mistakes are only stepping stones to becoming perfect. The more you write, the better you get.