55 Narrative Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary

Narrative Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary

Teaching narrative writing and need some fun writing prompts to get your students thinking? I have found that the more fun you make the narrative writing prompts, the more students will write. Here is a list of 55 narrative writing prompts you will want to use in your classroom. Some are serious and others are hilarious. Take a look at what the list has to offer and feel free to change them up any way you would like.

In this blog post I share 5 different categories of narrative writing prompts, each with 11 prompts. That means when you download it you will have FIFTY-FIVE writing prompts to use all year long. Fill out the form below to have all 55 sent to you in an easy, printable list that will help simplify your lesson planning!

Family Narrative Writing Prompts

All students have had experiences with their families and it’s fun to write about them. Invite students to share their family stories with the class using these thought-invoking narrative writing prompts.

  1. Tell a story about the most recent trip you took with your family.
  2. What is something your family likes to do in the fall (spring, summer, winter)?
  3. Write about your family’s favorite movie to watch. What is the experience like (popcorn, songs, blankets, etc)
  4. Think about 5 things in your life that are special and write about them. Tell us about your dog, your mom, your uncle, or anything else you can think of.
  5. Suppose there is an extra space at the table for dinner one night. Who would you invite to join your family for dinner and what would the evening look like?
  6. Think back on a gift you gave to a family member. Why was it so special to give to them and what was their reaction?
  7. Pretend you have to describe your family to someone who has never met them before. Write about your family members and their personalities.
  8. Consider a challenge or tough time your family had to go through. How did your family deal with this challenge and overcome it?
  9. If you are able, interview one of the oldest members of your family. Ask them what their life was like as a child and about their memories.
  10. Does your family have an unusual tradition? Tell us about it!
  11. You can only keep one memory about your family, which memory do you choose. Write about that memory.
Narrative Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary

Personal Experiences Narrative Writing Prompts

Narratives are the perfect time to write about personal experiences we go through in life. Use these 11 narrative writing prompts about our personal life to get students thinking.

  1. Explain a moment when you felt embarrassed.
  2. Talk about a time you were overjoyed.
  3. What is something that makes you feel sad and how do you make yourself feel better?
  4. Have you ever helped a friend when they couldn’t do something? Tell us about it.
  5. Write about a time you were bored and found something to entertain yourself.
  6. Tell us about a day when you were in a bad mood. What happened?
  7. Write about a time you were proud of yourself. What did you do?
  8. Have you ever felt your heart racing? What made your heart race and what did you do?
  9. Were you ever in a situation where you knew you could get in trouble? What did you do?
  10. Tell a story about something unusual that happened to you.
  11. Write about a time you lost something important. What was it and how did you react?
Narrative Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary

Silly Narrative Writing Prompts

Kids love writing about silly things. These narrative writing prompts are a great way to let them have fun as they get creative with their writing.

  1. Take a look at your shoe, and tell a story of where it’s been.
  2. Write a story about what it would be like if you work up one morning with scales on your body.
  3. You woke up this morning in your pet’s body! What does your day look like?
  4. There’s a knock on the door. When you open the door, you see a giraffe! What do you do?
  5. Write a silly story about yourself that uses the words: elephant, watermelon, jet, and computer.
  6. Finish this story: The explorers set out on their quest to find…
  7. A friend on the bus gave you a bottle of magical glitter. You and your friend sprinkle it on yourselves. What happens next?
  8. Imagine you have an amazing sense of smell. What would you use it for? What will you smell?
  9. You’re inventing a new sandwich. What do you put on the sandwich and how does it taste?
  10. This morning you woke up and you are 20 feet tall! What will you do all day?
  11. A spaceship lands on your school’s playground. Write about what happens next.
Narrative Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary

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55 Narrative Writing Prompt Ideas!

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Fictional Narrative Writing Prompts

Sometimes, personal narratives that come from a place of fiction are easier to write about because they aren’t so personal. These narrative writing prompts let students step out of their reality for a moment.

  1. You are a superhero. What are your powers and how did you get them?
  2. Imagine a world without televisions, music, digital games, or computers. What would you do for fun?
  3. Tell a story about a day where everything that could possibly go wrong, does.
  4. Time travel is real! Would you visit the past or future and why? What would you do?
  5. Imagine you are a new character in your favorite book. Who are you and what adventures do you go on?
  6. You’re playing in the driveway when a bus drives by. A neatly wrapped package drops out, what do you do? If you open the package, what is inside?
  7. One day in class, a skunk climbs through the window. Write about what happens next.
  8. You wake up one day and realize you can talk to animals. Write a story about the animals you would have discussions with and what might be said.
  9. Imagine you are the teacher for the day. Write about the changes you would make and what a day in the classroom would look like.
  10. You and your friends wander into an abandoned house covered in cobwebs. What do you find?
  11. Your classroom plant has grown a really strange fruit. What is it and what can it do?
Narrative Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary

Dreams and Wishes Narrative Writing Prompts

It’s always encouraging to write about our dreams and wishes in life. These narrative writing prompts let kids reflect as they write.

  1. Tell a story about your ideal place to live. Where would it be and what would it look like?
  2. If you could do anything you wanted as a job, what would you choose?
  3. Every day of the year is the same holiday, which day do you choose and why?
  4. You are gifted $1000, what are you going to use it for?
  5. Pretend you have a personal genie who can grant you wishes. What three wishes would you make and why?
  6. When you get older, what do you hope to accomplish?
  7. Write about a dream you remember having recently. Do you wish what happened in the dream would come true?
  8. If you could make one wish come true for a friend, what would it be?
  9. You have always wanted to go on a game show. Which game show would you go on and did you win?
  10. Describe something you are good at or hope to be good at one day.
  11. Write about your dreams for the world in the future? What do you hope changes?
Narrative Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary

Narrative writing comes easily to some students, but takes time for others. Hopefully using these fun narrative writing prompts will encourage your students to write about their life experiences as well as some fictional topics. Use these 55 topics to really get them thinking.

Grab them below!

55 Narrative Writing Prompt Ideas!

This FREE printable list of 55 narrative writing prompt ideas can be sent straight to your inbox! Simply drop your personal email address below & I’ll send it right over! 

*Using a school email address makes it very likely that you won’t receive your freebie! 

Try my Weekly Writing Prompts as well! They are perfect for the classroom and come in print and digital downloads. You can purchase them directly on this site.

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