Narrative Writing


Have you ever become so invested in a story from a book or movie that you were transported to a different world?  Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time.  Stories are all around us, but not all stories are created equal.  In this assignment you will learn about what makes a good story.  Next, you will write a narrative of your own! 


It is time to put everything you have learned and practiced to use! You will write a PERSONAL NARRATIVE. It can be about anything you want BUT it has to be about you and it has to be realistic fiction.  It can be a true story or one that you have made up. 

Use plot, point of view, characters, setting, and theme to tell your story.  Remember to keep a consistent tone throughout your story and use imagery to create a vivid picture of events.


  1. Turn to the next clean page in your ELA journal and write ORGANIZATION: CATCHY TITLES AND GRABBER LEADS at the very top of the page.


  3. In your journal, what kind of beginning does a book need to have in order for you to keep reading? What grabs your attention?

  4. Today we will discuss the different types of LEADS. As we go over the types of leads, you will record notes in your journal. Remember: all leads have a foreshadows (giving clues or hints at the beginning of stories or movies of a major event about to show up later in the story)  and you may choose for your beginning to be a/an ACTION, THOUGHT, DESCRIPTIVE, PROBLEM/QUESTION, and/or NARRATIVE lead.

  5. Watch the following videos and write in your journal what kind of lead you think is being shown


  6. After hearing the video you will answer the following questions. You will write the information in your journal:

    1. What is an EXPLODE A MOMENT?

    2. What details should you include when writing an EXPLODE A MOMENT?

  7. Listen to the Barry Lane “EXPLODE A MOMENT” video. 

  8. Read an example of an Explode A Moment
  9. You are going to start writing your Personal Narrative. Decide on a the following for your narrative:
    1. Tone and Mood- 


    2. Theme-
      1. What is the theme of a narrative?
      2. Theme ideas for short stories
    3. Setting- Elements of a Setting
    4. Point of View-
  10. Write a short description of the characters that you want to include in your story.
  11. Brainstorm ideas for your story and create a plot outline. It might be helpful to create a thought map.
  12. Write a rough draft and proof-read your narrative and make corrections as needed.

  13. Have your partner review and edit your narrative.  Your partner will use the assignment rubric to give you a grade and suggestions for improvement.

  14. Type your final draft of your narrative.

  15. Fill out the narrative information sheet.


Use the rubric to see what revisions and edits your narrative may need.


At the end of your WebQuest, you will have explored the traits of a good story.  You should know how to build mood, theme, setting, characters, and plot.  You should be able to effectively utilize figurative language and imagery.


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