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Writing a Narrative Essay

Writing a Narrative Essay



W3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique,

descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

a. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and

introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize

an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue,

description, and pacing, to develop experiences

and events or show the responses of characters to


c. Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and

clauses to manage the sequence of events.

d. Use concrete words and phrases and sensory

details to convey experiences and events precisely.

e. Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated

experiences or events

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What is a narrative essay?

A narrative essay tells a story. They are organized in chronological order which means they tell a story in the order the events took place. Just like any essay, the narrative essay should have introductory paragraph. The introductory paragraph should be followed by 3 body paragraphs. The end of your story should include a concluding paragraph. 

Writing a Narrative Essay

A brief video about narratives.

Source: Writing a Narrative Essay. (2012, August 2). Retrieved October 18, 2014, from

How to write a narrative.

Source: Thompson, J. (2014, February 9). How to Write Narrative. Retrieved October 18, 2014.

Writing Hooks for Narrative Essays

Source: Writing Hooks for Narrative Essays. (2012, December 11). Retrieved October 18, 2014.