Narrative Paragraphs

*The content below is taken as a resource from the Time4Writing Middle School Paragraph Writing course. Similar coursework is available at other levels.*

A Narrative Paragraph must:

  • Have a topic sentence that grabs the reader’s attention
  • Be built around one main event, adventure, scene or happening
  • Be written in time order. This means you must write about the event in the order the events occurred.
  • Contain plenty of interesting details. (Remember your hamburger?)

Here is an example of a narrative paragraph:

This past weekend I had the time of my life. First, Friday night, I had my best friend over and we made a delicious, mouth-watering pizza. After we ate, we had a friendly video game competition. On Saturday, my dad took us out on the boat. The weather was perfect and the water was warm. It was a great day to go for a swim. Later that night, we went to the movies. We saw an action packed thriller and ate a lot of popcorn. Finally, on Sunday, we rode our bikes all over town. By the end of the day, my legs were very tired. I only hope that next weekend can be as fun as this one.

Notice the transition words that were used to move the paragraph along. Everything is in the correct order.

The paragraph provides details and stays on topic.

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