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First-Person Narrative Essay Topics

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Writing assignments can cause students to blank out on creativity. This lesson offers creative and varied prompts to help your students create interesting first-person narratives.

First Person

Most stories have a narrator who passes the action from the characters to the reader. Fewer stories are told by the main character. First-person writing may be a style of writing your students have little experience with, but it can be a creative way to encourage students to think differently. In first-person writing, they don't just talk about a bug, they have to ''Be the Bug''. When writing about an historical figure, they don't just give information, they must take on the persona of the person. First-person writing gives the student a totally different perspective on the subject.

Use these narrative essay topics to help students take their first steps down the road of first-person essay writing.

Realistic

These prompts encourage students to reflect on themselves and their own lives.

Ask students to write a story/narrative with any of the following titles:

  • My first day of school
  • The day we moved to a new house
  • A day in the life of 'Me'
  • What I did at school today
  • The funniest day of my life
  • The scariest day of my life
  • My best birthday ever
  • A day in the life of my future self
  • The story of my life
  • A funny thing happened at practice today

Through the Eyes of Another

Encourage empathy by asking students to write in the first-person from the perspective of another person/creature. These prompts should lead to creative essays written from the perspective of the main character of the narrative.

  • Write a narrative from the perspective of one of your pets.
  • Write a story about the adventures of Doris Duck (or any animal you choose) from Doris' perspective.
  • How does your Mom/Dad/Grandparent see family vacations? Write a story about your last family vacation from their perspective.
  • Write about a busy day in the air from an airline pilot's perspective.
  • What might it be like to be a bee? What do you think the bee feels or things? Write a narrative about a bee's life. Remember to write in first person as the bee.
  • Pick a family member, write a story about that person's life from his/her perspective.
  • Write a story about living in a zoo from the perspective of one of the animals.

Historical

English topics can cross over into other subject matter. Use these topics to combine narrative writing with historical knowledge.

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