Narrative Essay Grades 6 8 Back to all templates
Section 1

Decide on an event or experience in your life you will be writing about. Start with the basics: who, what, when, and where. 


I will never forget the time [summarize your experience]. The [event/experience] had a powerful and lasting influence on my life. It [name what the experience changed in your life]. 

Section 2

How does your story start? Use richly descriptive language to begin sharing details. Tell your story in a way that helps your reader visualize what happened and feel connected to it.

Being Telling the Story

It all began when [richly describe the moment the story began.]


PRO TIP:utilize specific dialogue (example: My sister yelled "Come over here now...") or specific sensory details (example: I felt the cool mist on my skin as I stepped out of the house on a cold Fall morning") to engage your reader. 

Section 3

 As you continue to tell the story, stay close to the most important details. It is easy to get sidetracked and your narrative can become “rambling.” The goa

Continue Telling the Story

Another memorable part of the experience was when [summarize experience]. 

Section 4

A narrative essay usually has a turning point where the most intense point (climax) of your story occurs. This is where something dramatic happens or where something profound is understood at last. 

The Turning Point or Climax

The defining moment of the experience was when [summarize the turning point or climax of the story.] From that point on, I would never be the same.

Section 5

In the concluding paragraph, you will reflect on the overall lesson or impact of the experience you’ve been describing. This is where the significance of your story shines through. 

Conclusion: Revealing the Lesson or Impact of the Experience Described

This experience remains a living part of my life because it permanently impacted my [life/growth/career/personality]. If I had not had that experience, I would not be as [courageous/empathetic/caring/nurturing/o-strong=". as I am today. 

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