In addition to writing academic essays you also need to practice crafting interesting stories through narrative. Being comfortable using the elements of narrative writing not only makes it easier to read and understand narrative choices an author makes in the stories we read in class, but it can also be a useful tool to spice up your academic writing as well.

Remember, there are key elements we’ve covered in class for narrative writing. These include:

  • Having multiple characters that interact or speak with each other.
  • Using descriptive language that appeals to the senses.
  • Using dialogue – either internal or external (and formatting it correctly!)
  • Making the setting, POV and plot clear to the reader.
  • Having a thematic conclusion.

Many of you have had difficultly with the thematic conclusion – let’s review how to do this in the video below from class:

Consider this – will you be able to complete all of these points in just a few sentences? No. You will need to make sure your narrative is adequately developed. Let’s look at the examples below:

Sample 1

This samples scored a 1/4 – what elements can you see are missing?



Sample 2

This samples scored a 3/4 – do you see how it includes dialogue and description? Despite formatting and grammatical errors, the development and use of elements was still solid.



Sample 3

This samples scored a 4/4. The student has clear characters, dialogue, description, and a plot. The story is developed in three short paragraphs, and has a conclusion.


Remember, I will be assessing your writing with the same rubric the state will use.

Please click here to access the rubric.


You also will need to track your own progress on these writing – please be sure to look back at your growth and take note of which elements you are improving on – you can make sure to repeat that performance in the future! Click here to access your tracking chart for class.