Narrative Topics Narrative writing tells a personal or fictional experience or tells a story



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Narrative Topics

(Narrative writing tells a personal or fictional experience or tells a story based on a real or imagined event)

  1. It is 20 years from now. Your name has just been called and you are about to receive an award. Tell the story of how you came to be so successful and win this award

  2. Rewrite a fairy tale from a different point of view. For instance,

    • The Three Pigs as the wolf would tell it

    • Hansel & Gretel as the witch would tell it.

  3. Write a story based on one of the following:

    • Where is it?

    • Breaking loose

    • If I had my way ...

    • That noise!

  4. Think of your best or worst day in school. Tell the story of what happened.

  5. Write a story based on ONE of the following:

    • Little brothers (or sisters)

    • Older sisters (or brothers)

    • A narrow escape

    • My first memory

    • I'd like to go back

    • You won't believe it, but ...

  6. Think of an event you will want to remember when you are older. Tell about what happened in a way that's so clear that if you read this story again when you are 80, every detail will come flooding back as if it happened yesterday.

  7. Write a letter that your grandchildren will open in 50 years telling them what the world is like today.

  8. Think of something you have done that brought you satisfaction, pleasure, or a sense of accomplishment. Write about that activity or event and tell why it sticks in your mind.

Expository Topics

(Expository writing is writing that is designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand)

  1. Think of something you made with your own hands. How did you do it? What might you do differently next time? Write an explanation so clear and complete that someone with little or no experience could follow your directions and make the same thing.

  2. Write a clear explanation of ONE of the following:

  3. Many parents worry about helping their students be successful in school. Create a piece of writing that could become a how-to brochure for parents: How to Help Your Child Succeed in School.

  4. Inventions are all around us. Think of an invention that has been especially helpful or harmful to people, and write a paper that explains why.

  5. Pretend your class is putting together a time capsule. It might not be opened by anyone for 100 years or more. This time capsule will tell people in the future what life on earth was like in the 2000s. You can choose one thing to go inside. Explain what you will choose and why.

  6. Think of the most valuable thing you own that was not bought in a store. Explain why it is important to you.

  7. Write about your name.

  8. Write about what you would bring for show and tell if we had show and tell in school and why.

Argumentative Topics

(Argumentative writing attempts to convince the reader to accept a point of view or to take a specific action.)



  1. Write an essay in which you strongly and clearly AGREE OR DISAGREE (but NOT both) with ONE of the following:

    • Fads never really go out of style

    • People are happier than they used to be

    • Americans are too concerned with material goods

    • You can tell a lot about people by what they eat

    • You can tell a lot about people by what they read

    • You can tell a lot about people by what they wear

    • The Internet is the best thing to ever happen to education

  2. People worry too much about __________. Fill in the blank with any topic you like. Then, write a paper that supports your statement. Convince others to agree with you.

  3. Write a paper in which you AGREE OR DISAGREE with this statement:
    "It's more fun to be a child than to be an adult."

  4. Think of ONE thing about television advertising you would like to see changed. Then, write a letter to the Advertising Council explaining the change you want and the reasons you think this change is important.

  5. "The most important quality any person can have is a sense of humor." Do you agree or disagree? Write a paper in which you take a clear stand, agreeing or disagreeing with this statement, and explain your position so the reader can understand fully why you feel the way you do.

  6. Would you rather be an only child or have many brothers and sisters? Why?

  7. Write a convincing paper in which you agree or disagree with this statement: "Life was easier for teenagers 50 years ago than it is for teenagers today."

  8. Write an essay proposing a new national holiday. You anticipate that there might be people who don't agree with your idea, so defend your reasoning by explaining the meaning and background of the event/person and why a national holiday is justified. You could also describe how the holiday should be observed or celebrated.

  9. Many famous people, both real and fictional, have been honored by having their faces on postage stamps. Choose a real or fictional person who you feel deserves this honor. Write a paper that would persuade others your choice is good.

Descriptive Topics

(Descriptive writing includes many vivid sensory details that paint a picture in the reader’s mind)

1. Think about the last time you attended a special event such as a concert, a fair, or a sports event. Describe what it was like to be there and include sights, sounds, and smells that will make the reader feel he or she is there with you.

2. Think of a favorite object that you own. In a descriptive essay, use sensory details—words that tell how something looks, feels, tastes, smells and sounds—to clearly describe this favorite object so that a classmate could picture it.



3. Describe what your school is like at lunchtime.

4. Pick one particular place, and picture it in your mind. This place could be large or small. Describe it so your reader feels like he or she is there.

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