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Narrative Writing

Research, Write, Publish

Narrative Writing

Big Idea

A narrative essay tells an interesting and meaningful story. You can tell a story about something that happened to you. You can also research something that happened to someone else and tell a story about that person. A well-written narrative makes a story come alive. Readers can visualize what happens in the story as they read the essay. What is the secret to writing a good narrative? Writing a good narrative has no secrets! Anyone can write a good narrative.

In this module:

  • Learn how to tell a good story in a narrative essay
  • Understand more about how the Internet really works
  • Read powerful examples of narrative essays on the Internet
  • Select a topic for your own narrative essay
  • Learn about your topic by writing effective interview questions

Activity 1: Narrative Style >
Do you know how to tell a good story? The narrative style of writing helps make a story interesting and meaningful. You can write a narrative essay from personal experience or from research. Learn what makes a good narrative essay.

Activity 2: Internet Basics >
What is the Internet? You may have heard the word Internet a thousand times. But do you really know what it means? If you want to know how the Internet works, you have to understand what it is. Learn more about the Internet so you can use it more effectively.

Activity 3: Literary Elements >
Have you ever read a story too powerful to forget? Learn how literary elements help make a story memorable and interesting. Read a narrative on the Internet and analyze the story’s literary elements. 

Activity 4: Topic Choice >
Can you understand other points of view? Sometimes, understanding other people can be hard. Researching and telling a story about something that happened to someone else is a great way to learn about other people. Choose a topic for your narrative essay.

Activity 5: Interview Questions >
How can you understand another person’s point of view? One effective way is to ask questions. When you ask a person a series of questions, it is called an interview. An interview can be either with a real person or an imaginary character. Learn how to write good interview questions.

Look Back >
Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you ready to research your narrative essay? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your narrative topic and interview questions. Talk about what you learned and how you did your work.

Look Ahead

Checklist: Before you begin, review the checklist for this module. Use the checklist to make sure that you complete all the tasks for each activity. 

See the checklist (doc) >

Rubric: Before you begin, review the rubric for this module. Use the rubric to help you understand what is important to know and do.

See the rubric (doc) >