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30 Fun Narrative Writing Prompts for 2nd Grade

Narrative Writing Prompts for 2nd Grade Kids— By the time students reach second grade, they’ve likely had some practice writing small narratives and learning about the elements of storytelling.

Narrative Writing Ideas for 2nd Grade Students

Many second graders are capable of recounting a story from beginning to end, including an introduction, a basic plot, a simple description of the setting and characters, a climax, and an ending or conclusion.


As students continue to practice their narrative writing, they can further develop their story-telling abilities and learn more about the proper way to structure a narrative account.

Take Your Students on An Adventure in Narrative Writing

In these 30 wonderfully fun narrative writing prompts for second-grade students, your class will be challenged to recall their own specific experiences and to develop unique stories about the people and things they hold dearest.

From stories about their most special memories to simple narratives about their daily lives at home, students will have the opportunity to explore their experiences through the lens of narrative writing.

Hooray for 2nd Grade Narrative Writing Prompts

While some young students may feel like everything about their lives is worth telling, others may feel challenged to relate the mundane in a descriptive way. These writing prompts promote both reflection and self-confidence.

Help your students understand that their stories are worth telling with these narrative writing prompts for 2nd grade.

30 Fun & Fabulous Narrative Writing Prompts for 2nd Grade Students

  1. Write a story about the most exciting summer you ever had. What did you do?
  2. Write about your best birthday ever. Why was it so special?
  3. Write about a time when you helped someone out. How did you help him or her?
  4. Write about your most prized possession. Why do you value the object?
  5. Write about a time when you were the center of attention. How did you feel?
  6. Write about a time when it stormed really hard. How did you feel?
  7. Write a story about a memory that you’ll never forget. Why does this experience mean so much to you?
  8. Write a story about your parents. How do they show you they love you?
  9. Write about the first time you remember getting in trouble for something big. What did you do?
  10. Write about a time when you got hurt playing outside. What happened?
  11. Write a story about a scary dream you had. How did you feel when you woke up?
  12. Write about the best vacation you ever took. What did you do?
  13. Write a story about a time when you stood up for yourself. How did you feel
  14. Write about school. What is your favorite thing to do during the day?
  15. Write a story about a time when your parents taught you something important. What did you learn?
  16. Write about a time when you did an extra chore. What did you do?
  17. Write about the first time you ever read your favorite book. Why did you like it?
  18. Write about a time when someone made you feel special. What did he or she say to you?
  19. Write about a time when your parents surprised you with a special reward for doing something good. How did you feel?
  20. Write a story about the job you hope to have someday. Why do you think you would be good at this job?
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  21. Write a story about your teacher. What is his or her best quality?
  22. Write about your favorite holiday memory. What do you remember most clearly?
  23. Write about a time when you taught someone else how to do something. How did you feel after helping him or her?
  24. Write about the first time you got to do something that was only for “big kids.” What did you get to do?
  25. Write about a time when you helped your parents make dinner. What did you cook?
  26. Write about a time when you had to apologize to someone. How did you let the other person know you were sorry?
  27. Write about one of your siblings or cousins. What is he or she like?
  28. Write a story about a time when you went to the grocery store. What happened?
  29. Write about a time when you felt like the luckiest kid in the world. What made you feel this way?
  30. Write a story about a time when you received an amazing gift. How did you feel when you opened the present?

I hope you enjoyed this list of Narrative Writing Prompts for 2nd-grade students. 

Now, perhaps you are wondering, what is the benefit of using second-grade writing prompts? And… I think this is a great question which I am happy to answer.

Why Use 2nd Grade Writing Prompts

You see… 2nd grade writing prompts help students to get inspired. Plus, they can help your writers practice and refine their writing process and master their homework skills.

The prompts included on our list of ideas found in this blog post are in the form of a narrative prompt, which gives students a situation to write about. However, there are imaginative prompts and more listed below that you can use to get your student’s creative juices flowing.

Of course…

A writing prompt could also ask your students to describe something, tell a story, or make up a conversation. Truly, the ideas for prompts are endless which is why we offer you thousands of them for free right here on journalbuddies.com.

4 Helpful Steps to Guide 2nd Graders Writing Time

In order to help a child with their writing homework, I suggest following these four simple steps:

1) Read the prompt clearly to the student. This will help your writer understand what they need to create for their own writing composition, essay, or practice story.

2) Next… Brainstorm ideas with your child. This will help them get started writing their piece.

3) Then… Have them write a rough draft. This is just the first version of their writing pieces, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. They can always revise it later.

4) Finally… Make sure they complete their homework assignment on time!

Now, if you need even more ways to develop creative writing skills in your second graders, check out the bonus list of writing ideas below.

9 NEW Fun Ideas for Writing Assignments for 2nd Grade

Use these creative writing prompt ideas for some fun writing assignments or to inspire your more reluctant writers to use their imaginations.

  1. Write a story about your 2nd grade class going on a zoo field trip and things go wild!
  2. Draw a picture of your favorite animals. Then write a report where you give them human personalities.
  3. Write about a fun airplane ride. Where did you go and what did you do?
  4. You have a best friend who lives on another planet in our solar system. Write about them.
  5. You suddenly develop a superpower after spending time in nature. What is your new power and how do you think you got it?
  6. You build a treehouse and when you go inside you discover an elephant has moved in! 
  7. You find yourself inside your favorite video game and you don’t know how to return home. What do you do next?
  8. You think writing stories is boring and is no fun, so you would rather…
  9. The last time you went to visit your grandparents, they told you the most surprising story that blew your mind.  Here’s what happened…

More 2nd Grade Writing Prompts Online Resources

Check out these resource links for different types of writing to help support the continual practice and writing adventures of your second-grade writers.

A Few Closing Thoughts

I hope you use and enjoy these writing resources this school year with your writers and use them to help your kids create their very own opinion pieces, informative writing, or, perhaps even some persuasive essays!

Whether your students write in their journals, create a fabulous new story, or more, above all…

I hope they have loads of fun.

Oh, and if you need even MORE writing ideas, check out our newest free writing resource offering… monthly prompts calendars. They help make teaching writing, morning work, or classroom journaling a breeze.

Until next time, write on…

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