Narrative Writing Lesson for Kids: Structure & Examples

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

Have you ever heard someone tell a story that left you hanging on the edge of your seat? In this lesson, we'll talk about narrative writing, or storytelling, and how you can make your stories capture a reader and keep them reading until the end!


Think of some of your favorite childhood stories: The Three Little Pigs, The Cat in the Hat, or Curious George. Each of these stories is an example of narrative writing, writing that tells a story. In this lesson, let's put on our 'storytelling' hats and learn how to write quality narrative pieces!

Characteristics of Narrative Writing

Narrative writing is any kind of story. It is meant to entertain readers. The stories can be real or fake, but both have similar characteristics.

When you write narrative writing, imagine you are telling someone an incredible story!

First, you need characters. There is usually a protagonist, or good guy, and an antagonist, or bad guy. For example, in The Three Little Pigs, the three little pigs are the protagonists, while the big bad wolf is the antagonist. There is usually a conflict or problem in narrative writing, something that makes you want to say, ''Oh no!'' In The Three Little Pigs, the problem is that the wolf is trying to eat the pigs! Then, there is always a solution, the part that makes it all better. In the pigs' case, they live happily ever after in the house made of brick.

As you tell a story in your writing, you want to remember how the plot, or storyline, usually goes. There are events in the beginning that we call the rising action, events in the middle like the problem, and events at the end like the falling action and resolution.

The events in a story have to build to keep the reader entertained!

Narrative writing also has a clear setting, or location, that makes sense with the characters. The Three Little Pigs wouldn't be set in an ocean, since pigs don't swim! Where the story takes place has to fit in with the characters and plot.

Types of Narrative Writing

Narrative Writing can be fiction (fake) or non-fiction (real). Let's look at some examples.

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