Narrative Writing Teaching Unit for secondary ELA (presentation, essay & more)


Engage your students in an exciting and comprehensive narrative writing unit with this resource! This standards-based narrative writing unit includes materials for both a personal narrative and a fictional narrative and includes everything you need to teach narrative writing to your middle and high school students, including both the print and digital files!

Walk your students step-by-step through the writing process with the materials in this unit. From brainstorming and organizing to peer editing, this narrative writing unit has it all!

This narrative writing unit includes the following items:

  • An engaging and editable, 32-slide presentation for direct instruction
  • A standards-based unit outline
  • Multiple in-class brainstorming activities and organizers
  • Plot timeline organizer
  • Protagonist and antagonist organizer
  • Setting development organizer
  • Multiple dialogue organizers
  • Brainstorming organizer
  • Storyboard organizer
  • A personal narrative essay assignment with five prompts
  • A fictional narrative essay assignment
  • An easy-to-understand peer review worksheet
  • 100-point essay rubric
  • AND the digital files too!

The presentation is a multi-day presentation that teaches students about the basics of narrative writing. This lesson covers elements needed for a narrative essay, the writing process, and how to organize narrative essays. The PowerPoint will help guide students through the writing process as they develop characters, a setting, and more.

Guide your students through the writing process with this narrative writing unit. Your students will love piecing together their narratives with the focused organizers for the plot, setting, and more!

Prep is quick and easy… Follow the standards-based unit outline, use the multi-day presentation, and print out the student materials.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Nicole P. says, I used this resource both with 9th graders and 11th graders; both found the graphic organizers extremely helpful, and were able to produce better-quality original writing with this framework.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Megan V. says, There were SO many detailed, rich resources in this! I used it for one of my first middle school ELA units ever as a new teacher and it helped me tremendously. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking to teach a narrative writing unit.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Tee J. says, I loved the way this unit was laid out in small manageable mini units. It made our writing time more enjoyable. The graphic organizers planning pages were great to get the writing process flowing. Thank you so much.


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