Writing Narratives


Writing Narratives teaches students what a narrative is and how to determine the narrator. Students will discover what elements these stories involve, and they will learn how to figure out the point of view of a given story.

In the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page, you will find a suggestion to add to the lesson if you wish. The website “Turtle Diary” (link in the section) provides several fun grade-appropriate games that students can play if you find that they need a break from the lesson. It can be a good way to break up the lesson and get students excited.

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What our Writing Narratives lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Writing Narratives helps students understand the concept of narrative writing. Students will learn about the questions that narratives usually answer: who, what, when, where, why, and how. They will discover what keywords to look for when figuring out the point of view of a story. By the end, they will be able to define and demonstrate the elements of narratives.

There are three pages of content in this lesson plan. Students will first learn how to define a few terms and then practice writing stories. They will learn that narrative can be either make-believe or real life.

The final content page details point of view. It describes how to search for specific keywords that will help them know who the narrator is. There are four “short stories” at the bottom of this page. Students can read the stories and figure out who the narrator is by using the data in the stories.


Students will work by themselves for the activity worksheet. However, you can choose to have them work with partners or in small groups if you prefer. Students must look at three different pictures. For each picture, they will write a short narrative that represents the picture. You can assist any students who still struggle to grasp the concepts of this lesson.


The practice worksheet involves organizing and planning a narrative. Students will plan a personal narrative by answering five questions. For instance, who is the story about? what happens in the story? How does the story end? Then students will glue a picture in the gray box that represents the story topic.


Using the plan from the practice worksheet, students will write their narrative stories. They can choose to write a make-believe story or a narrative based on true events. The bottom of the assignment asks students who’s point of view the story is in. You will need to check that their narratives align with the graphic organizer they filled out on the practice page.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.