The following four narrative essay examples are great ways to inspire creative story telling in your students while following the Common Core Standards. Use these essays as examples and allow your students to critic them by identifying components that they like and want to use in their essay and/or components that should be corrected or improved. All four essays emphasize good use of transition words, figurative language (similes, onomatopoeia, idioms), sequence of events, and creative word choice. Finally, please note that these essays are written in kid friendly language.
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1. Think about a time you had to take charge. Tell a story about a time you had to take charge and tell what happened.
2. Imagine that you woke up with superhero powers. Tell a story about a day you had superhero powers.
3. Imagine that you arrived at school to find a bag on the teacher’s desk. Tell a story about the day you arrived at school to find an unusual bag on the teacher’s desk.
4. Imagine that you pass by a door at school that is usually locked but is unlocked on this day. You enter the room. Tell what happened when you entered the room that is usually locked.
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3c Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3e Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.