By the time students reach second grade, they’ve likely had some practice writing small narratives and learning about the elements of storytelling. Many second graders are capable of recounting a story from beginning to end, including an introduction, basic plot, 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.
In these 30 new 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. 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 all-new narrative writing prompts.
- Write a story about the most exciting summer you ever had. What did you do?
- Write about your best birthday ever. Why was it so special?
- Write about a time when you helped someone out. How did you help him or her?
- Write about your most prized possession. Why do you value the object?
- Write about a time when you were the center of attention. How did you feel?
- Write about a time when it stormed really hard. How did you feel?
- Write a story about a memory that you’ll never forget. Why does this experience mean so much to you?
- Write a story about your parents. How do they show you they love you?
- Write about the first time you remember getting in trouble for something big. What did you do?
- Write about a time when you got hurt playing outside. What happened?
- Write a story about a scary dream you had. How did you feel when you woke up?
- Write about the best vacation you ever took. What did you do?
- Write a story about a time when you stood up for yourself. How did you feel?
- Write about school. What is your favorite thing to do during the day?
- Write a story about a time when your parents taught you something important. What did you learn?
- Write about a time when you did an extra chore. What did you do?
- Write about the first time you ever read your favorite book. Why did you like it?
- Write about a time when someone made you feel special. What did he or she say to you?
- Write about a time when your parents surprised you with a special reward for doing something good. How did you feel?
- Write a story about the job you hope to have someday. Why do you think you would be good at this job?
- Write a story about your teacher. What is his or her best quality?
- Write about your favorite holiday memory. What do you remember most clearly?
- Write about a time when you taught someone else how to do something. How did you feel after helping him or her?
- Write about the first time you got to do something that was only for “big kids.” What did you get to do?
- Write about a time when you helped your parents make dinner. What did you cook?
- Write about a time when you had to apologize to someone. How did you let the other person know you were sorry?
- Write about one of your siblings or cousins. What is he or she like?
- Write a story about a time when you went to the grocery store. What happened?
- Write about a time when you felt like the luckiest kid in the world. What made you feel this way?
- Write a story about a time when you received an amazing gift. How did you feel when you opened the present?
Until next time, write on…