A Closer Look at Each Narrative Book

A Narrative text is a piece of writing that follows a story structure. There is usually a beginning, middle, and an end. 


At the beginning of each school year, elementary students are often asked to write a personal narrative. Perhaps they visited a beach over the summer, or perhaps they traveled to spend time with family. Students are required to look back on their personal experiences and create a narrative story out of them. 


Narratives can be fiction (made up from imagination) or non-fiction (something that really happened).

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Dystonic Reaction teaches young writers to develop strong introductions to their stories. Furthermore, it highlights all the elements that belong at the start of a tale.


My New Sister teaches young writers to follow the capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and tense rules taught in schools. Furthermore, it shows the value of including varying sentence types in a piece of writing. 


Descriptive Language

Akumal Bay teaches young writers to arouse readers’ imaginations by including sensory language. It also reveals the appeal of using literary techniques such as metaphors, figures of speech, and alliteration.



Joy Cowley Day teaches young writers to complete their stories with strong endings. Furthermore, it demonstrates how to close a tale in a way that is gratifying to the reader. 

Focus and Extra Information

Picking Autumn teaches young writers to keep their stories focused and on-topic. Furthermore, it shows writers how to avoid long tangents by eliminating unneeded information from their tales. 


Focus and Length

Phoebe, the Fat Lamb teaches young writers to keep their stories focused and on-topic. Furthermore, it shows children how to end a story before it goes on too long. 



Read First, Walk Second teaches young writers how to capture a reader’s attention with an interesting first page. It exhibits the importance of appealing to an audience with a hook. 



Up in Flight teaches young writers to create interesting and detailed events for the middle of their stories. Furthermore, it highlights all of the elements that belong in the middle of a tale. 


Thieving Doesn’t Pay teaches young writers to sequence their stories in a logical order. Furthermore, it reinforces the value of checking over a text to ensure there is a completed beginning, middle, and end. 



The Grand Canyon teaches young writers the importance of developing a juicy and detailed first draft. It establishes the need to stretch out a writing plan in order to transform it into a descriptive story. 


Transition Words and Phrases

Championship Game teaches young writers to link their sentences together in a smooth and ordered fashion. It also demonstrates how to embed temporal language into a tale, to indicate the passage of time.



Broken Bones teaches young writers to establish their own personal style and voice when developing a story. Furthermore, it provides examples of how to include thoughts, feelings, and opinions in a tale. 


Word Choice

Picnic Under the Willow Tree teaches young writers to sprinkle dazzling descriptive words into their stories. Furthermore, it illustrates the importance of varying vocabulary to avoid monotony.