Narrative Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Take your instruction on narrative writing to the next level with this fun activity. Supplementary activities and related lessons are included for further study.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain narrative writing
  • label literary work as fiction or nonfiction
  • interpret point of view
  • identify the elements of narrative writing
  • compose a narrative essay


1 hour


  • A whiteboard or chalkboard
  • Dry erase markers or chalk
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Tablets, computers, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards


Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.


Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Key Vocabulary

  • narrative writing
  • fiction
  • nonfiction
  • characters
  • plot
  • conflict
  • setting
  • point of view
  • first person
  • third person


  • Have students read the ''What Is A Narrative?'' section of the text lesson What is Narrative Writing? - Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples
  • Ask students to provide examples of fictional and nonfictional examples of narrative writing that they have read.
  • Have students read the rest of the text lesson and complete the corresponding quiz.
  • While the students are finishing the lesson and quiz, write the following key terms on the board or provide a printed version to students:
    • Characters
    • Plot
    • Conflict
    • Setting
    • Point of View
  • When all students have completed the quiz, ask students to compose a narrative piece based on the events of their day that includes each of the elements listed.


  • Take a trip to the library to identify examples of narrative writing in a variety of literary genres.
  • Ask students to interview another person about their hobbies. Now have the students compose a narrative essay about the hobbies of the person they interviewed.
  • Have students select a famous or historical narrative essay to read aloud to others or record using an online audio tool.

Related Lessons

Narrative Techniques in Writing: Definition, Types & Examples

Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Pacing, Description & Reflection

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

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