These narrative essay prompts for junior high students provide a launching place from which they can engage in valuable writing opportunities. Immersed in the act of storytelling, young writers will learn to organize thoughts chronologically, include concrete details, and avoid rabbit trails.
1. Special Delivery
Write an essay about the time an unexpected visitor came to your door. What changed in your family or your home because of this person?
2. Journey Home
Tell the story of a relative or ancestor who immigrated to the United States. Highlight a few of the challenges they faced while building a new life. If you only know a small part of the story, consider creating a tale of historical fiction by weaving in details that may or may not have happened.
3. Reach for the Gold
With vivid, descriptive writing, relate the true story of an underdog who won a contest, earned a scholarship, or worked hard to become wealthy.
4. Planting Seeds
Write a narrative about one of the original settlers of your hometown. Why did this individual choose to settle there? What resulted from that choice?
5. Into Darkness
Write the story of a brave doctor, missionary, or relief worker who changed a community for the better. Can you foreshadow the ending with a detail from this person’s childhood or early life?
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