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Online Writing Tutorial: How to Write a Narrative Essay for Kids

The purpose of a narrative essay is to tell a story. When you are writing a narrative essay you are the narrator--or the storyteller. That means it is your job to express yourself and a story that interests you in a creative and moving manner. You can share something personal or teach a lesson through a story. When you are writing a narrative essay you can follow these steps to ensure you are doing it correctly:

Tip 1. If you choose to write your narrative in the form of a story you need to make sure your essay has all of the parts. Think about your favorite story growing up and think about the different parts to the story. Your piece needs to contain the same parts. You need:

  • The introduction
  • The plot
  • The characters
  • The setting
  • The climax
  • The conclusion

Tip 2. If you are writing a book report narrative then you should not tell a story but instead you should follow the story line of a book you are reading. You should cover every part in the book and tell the reader about it.

Tip 3. Your paper should have a purpose. You need to make some point. You are not telling a story just to tell it. You are telling a story for a reason. Do you want to share an experience you had as a child? Do you want to teach your friends how to avoid making the mistakes you did? What is the purpose behind the story?

Tip 4. You need to write your narrative essay from a single point of view. Do you want to tell the story from first person? Do you want to tell it through the eyes of a minor character? Do you want to tell it in third person? The choice is up to you. You can pick whichever point of view is easiest for you so long as you stick to one and do not accidentally change midway through the essay.

Tip 5. Make sure your paper is organized. You should have a clear introduction with a topic sentence. You should have organized paragraphs throughout the paper and a conclusion that wraps up the story. Make sure your language is concise and that you check the final draft for any errors such as spelling errors or typos. You want the final product to be perfect.