Narration Activities


Exercise 1

On a separate sheet of paper, start brainstorming ideas for a narrative. First, decide whether you want to write a factual or fictional story. Then, free-write for five minutes. Be sure to use all five minutes, and keep writing the entire time. Do not stop to think about what to write.

The following are some topics to consider as you get going:

  1. Childhood
  2. School
  3. Adventure
  4. Work
  5. Love
  6. Family
  7. Friends
  8. Vacation
  9. Nature
  10. Space

Exercise 2

Take your freewriting exercise from the last section and start crafting it chronologically into a rough plot summary. Be sure to use the time transition words and phrases listed in the Table of Transition Words and Phrases for Expressing Time to sequence the events. Collaboration: Please share with a classmate and compare your rough plot summary.

Exercise 3

On a separate sheet of paper, add two or three paragraphs to the plot summary you started in the last section. Describe in detail the main character and the setting of the first scene. Try to use all five senses in your descriptions.


Adapted from “3.1 Narration” of Successful College Composition (3rd Edition), 2019, used according to  CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.



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