The important points to remember about a narrative essay, is
that it tells a story.
The author can write about:
1. An experience or an event from his or her past.
2. A recent or on going experience or event.
3. Something that happened to somebody else such as a parent or a grandparent.
The second important thing in a narrative is that the story should have a point.
In the final paragraph, the author must come to an important conclusion about
the experience that has just been described.
The author may remember his or her past or a memorable person or event. The
narrative must have an introduction and a conclusion. The point of view in
Narrative is usually first person. The use of "I" invites the reader into an
Narrative - We can describe ideas and events in new and different ways.
An important friend - a friend who has been an important part of your life. How
did you become friends? When did you become friends? When you met and how your
Here are some examples for writing a narrative.
One afternoon as I entered the school playground during
the recess, I saw a small girl of my age sitting alone under a tree. She seemed
to be new to the school, as I don't remember having seen her before.
I slowly walked towards her and gave a smile. She
smiled back. I sat beside her and introduced myself as Linda, in grade 3. I saw
a glow in her face when she heard me. With a bright smile she replied," I am
Pauline also in grade 3, I joined school only today." As we chatted, she said
that their family moved to this place a week back. Being the first day at
school, she had not carried any lunch, so I was happy to share my ham sandwiches
with her. By the end of the day Pauline and myself became good friends.
The next morning as my mother drove me down to the
school, I saw Pauline, getting into the car a few rows away from my house. As we
both stayed in the same neighborhood, we used to meet during weekends and play.
We both became very good friends in a short period. As we grew our friendship
also grew. There was nothing that we would hide from each other.
Now almost fifteen years later, I remember every
moment, I spent with Pauline. She was such a good friend that I cherish her
friendship forever. Though living apart she never fails to keep in touch on a
regular basis. It was only after I met Pauline that I knew the true meaning of
Friend ship is a reassurance from someone who really
cares for your joys and sorrows. Friendship is the most wonderful experience one
can ever have.
AN UNFORGETTABLE INCIDENT
Presenting an Incident
One bright summer evening, I was slowly walking back home after school. The
weather was very pleasant. All of a sudden, I heard someone calling me from
behind. It was Julie. Julie and I lived in the same neighborhood so we often
walked together. We both chatted as we walked and enjoyed the beautiful nature
around. She is in grade 4, and looked taller for her age. Some times I would go
to her place during weekends to play with her. I lived four blocks away from
Julie's house. As we approached her house, she quickly waved to me and ran into
As I was walking down the road, I noticed a strange dog following me. I shivered
from top to toe, as I am dead scared of dogs. He was Black with White spots on
his shaggy old body. He had piercing black eyes that seemed to cut a hole in my
heart. It looked as if his fur hadn't been cut in months. I didn't think much of
it at first, but it kept at me. I started walking faster and faster. I glanced
behind and the dog was gaining on me. What would happen to me, if he got me and
tackled me to the ground? Would he lick my face or would he tear me apart? I
thought that would be the end of me.
In the meantime I realized that I was close to my house, Mom was standing at the
doorstep anxiously waiting for me. I quickly ran to her and took a deep breath
of relief for being out of the terrible dog's clutches.