Personal Story Essay Ideas For Children

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a narrative essay can also tell an exciting story and create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind! We’ve got 50 narrative essay topics designed to prompt students to craft memorable written narratives. These can be modified for students in elementary, middle and high school. Feel free to print the entire essay topics list for plenty of inspiration for your next narrative essay assignment!

Tell a Story About…

  1. Your first day of school.
  2. Your most exciting day of school
  3. A field trip that your class took.
  4. Your favorite summer vacation.
  5. A trip that included something unexpected or surprising.
  6. A time that you experienced something spooky.
  7. A time that you experienced something truly frightening.
  8. A time that you learned something new that changed you in some way.
  9. The moment when you met someone who changed your life.
  10. The day that you got your first pet.
  11. A move from one place to another.
  12. Something funny that happened to you.
  13. Something funny that happened to one of your family members or friends.
  14. Something embarrassing that happened to you.
  15. Your favorite birthday party.
  16. A birthday that was disappointing.
  17. A big storm (rain, snow or even a tornado!).
  18. A time that the power went out.
  19. A summer day when the temperature got much higher than expected.
  20. A time when you went to an amusement park.
  21. A time when you got lost somewhere.
  22. A memorable experience with a favorite family member.
  23. A sad experience with someone about whom you care.
  24. Your most exciting moment playing sports.
  25. Your most exciting moment performing in a play, singing, playing music or dancing.
  26. An experience that left you feeling frustrated.
  27. An experience that was hard but ended up being worth it.
  28. A time that you experienced rejection.
  29. A weird encounter with a stranger.
  30. A random act of kindness.
  31. A time that you took a stand for someone or for an issue that you care about.
  32. A moment when you thought you might get hurt but didn’t.
  33. Breaking a bone (or otherwise suffering an injury).
  34. Your first time away from home for the night (or longer).
  35. A time when you experienced a historic event.
  36. Where you were when a major event happened. (Note: You don’t need to have been at the site of the event; this prompt is about where you were when you found out about the event and how you reacted.)
  37. A time when you rebelled against your parents or teacher.
  38. A dangerous experience.
  39. A misunderstanding between yourself and someone else.
  40. A difficult decision that you had to make.
  41. The end of a friendship or relationship.
  42. The beginning of a friendship or relationship.
  43. A time when you judged someone first and then realized that you were wrong about the person.
  44. A time when someone judged you first and then realized that he or she was wrong about you.
  45. A moment when you felt that you were starting to grow up.
  46. A time when you saw one or both of your parents in a different light.
  47. A time when you looked up to your older sibling.
  48. A time when your younger sibling looked up to you.
  49. A time when you were grateful to be an only child.
  50. An experience that you think has only ever happened to you!

Looking for more essay topics?
Compare and Contrast Essay Topics
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Persuasive Essay and Speech Topics


1. Suppose you had invented a time machine.  Write a story about what you did with it.


2. Write to tell of a day when you were the teacher.  What did you do?


3. Write a story about trading places with your favorite TV, movie, or rock star.


4. One day a spaceship lands on the playground of your school . . .


5. Your shoe must have a story to tell.  Tell it.


6. Your class grew plants as a science project.  One day you looked at your plant and saw


something really strange had grown there.


7. Write a story about what it would be like if you woke up one morning with wings.


8. On your birthday, a strange-looking lady came to you door and handed you a wrapped present.  You rattled it.  It made a noise.  Write a story about this present.


9. Your teacher one day announced that your class was going on a wonderful field trip.  Write a story about this field trip.  In your story, you can have your class go anywhere you wish.


10. One day, as you were petting and talking to your friend’s dog, it answered back!  Write a story about this.


11. Write a story about yourself as a hero.  What did you do to become a hero?  Tell your story.


12. As you walked down the hallway at school, you heard some strange music coming from the custodian’s closet.  What was it?  Write a story about it.


13. Tell a story about children who live in a world where there is no such thing as television, computers, or electronic games.


14. A distant relative bequeathed you a strange ring.  As you put this ring on, you discover that it has strange powers.  What does it look like? What does it do?  Tell a story about this ring.


15. Tell a story about your ideal place to live.  What would it be like to live here?


16. The teacher comes into the room and places a bag on her desk then leaves.  The bag moves and wriggles.  Write a story about what is in the paper bag.


17. Everyone has a day in his or her life that was extra special or dreams about what he or she would do on a special day.  Write a story about a special day you have had or imagine you might have.


18. Every day you pass a door.  It’s always closed and locked.  One day, as you pass, you notice that the door is open.  You step inside.  Write a story about what was on the other side of that door.


19. Tell a story about what happened when you traveled on a wagon pulled by horses.


20. Tell a story about a day in which everything went wrong.


21. Imagine you could travel to the future and live there.  Think of what you think the future would be like.  How different would it be from today?  Now, write a story about living in the future.


22. Imagine you could go to any place you wanted for as long as you wanted any time you wanted.  What place would you visit?  Think about what you would do there.  Write a story about a visit to a really neat place.


23. Pretend that you lived in colonial times.  Think about what your life would be like, how it would be different living more than 200 years ago.  Now, write a story about a young person (or yourself) living in George Washington’s day.


24. Novels are fun to read because the action keeps you interested, and the characters almost become your friends.  Think of a book you really liked.  Imagine that you were a new character in this book {choose a book your class has read}. Write a story about what happened.


25. Imagine you woke up one morning and found that you had switched places with a dog or a cat.  Think what it would be like.  What would you do?  Write a story of your day as a dog or a cat.


26. What if you had a personal genie who would grant your every wish? What would your life be like?  Think of some of the details.  Write a story about having a personal genie.


27. Imagine you had a car that would take you anywhere you wanted to go for one day.  Think of where you went in that car and what you did. Write a story about that day.


28. Everyone has a favorite season of the year.  What is your favorite season?  What do you like to do?  Write a story about your favorite season.


29. Imagine one morning there’s a knock at your front door.  You open the door, and to your great surprise, you find an alien standing there. What do you do?  What does it look like?  Write


a story about your encounter with this alien.


30. On your way to school one morning you see a huge truck speeding down the road.  Suddenly, the back door of the truck opens and a large, mysterious box falls off the back of the truck.  It sits there in the road.  What is in the box?  What do you do?  Write a story about this mysterious box.


31. One spring day a skunk wanders into your classroom.  What are the results?  Write a story about the skunk that visited school.


32. Imagine you had a time machine that you could take only to the past. Where would you choose to go?  Think of what you would do there, what it would the like.  Write a story of your adventure in the past.


33. One day you are sitting under a large tree.  An acorn hits you on the head, and you look up.  There, on the branch above you sits a squirrel, laughing at you.  The squirrel then looks you square in the eye, begins to talk to you, and asks you to return its acorn.  What would you do?


What would happen if you encountered a talking squirrel?  Write a story about the experience.


34. Imagine a world where there was no money.  What would people do? What would life be like?  Write a story about living in a world without any money.


35. There are times when we all wish, even for just a moment, that we could be someone else for a day.  Who would you choose to be for that day?  What would you do?  Think of some details of your day.  Now write a story about what your day was like as that person.


36. In a recent disaster, there were some kids who did some heroic things.  Think what constitutes (makes) a hero.  Imagine yourself as one.  Now write a story in which you were a hero/heroine in a tough situation.


37. A little old lady gave you and a friend some magical glitter and told you to sprinkle it on your hair and something special would happen. What happened when you tried it?  Write a story about this mysterious magical glitter.


38. One day you and your friends walked up to an old, seemingly abandoned house.  You couldn’t see inside due to the dust and cobwebs on the windows.  You decide to see if the door is locked.  You try the knob, and it turns.  The door creeks open as if it has not opened in years . . .  What happens next?  What do you find?  What do you and your friend do?  Write a story about entering that old, seemingly abandoned house.


39. Love comes in all forms.  We can love our parents, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a favorite pet, a brother or sister, a place, even a thing. Thing about someone or something you love.  Write a story about that person or thing that involves your feelings.


40. Imagine that your sense of smell was more highly developed than everyone else’s.  What experiences might you have?  How might your life change?  What would you be able to smell?  Write a story about a person with a very highly developed sense of smell.


41. Imagine yourself temporarily lost in a foreign country where you do not know the language.  How do you manage to communicate?  What might happen to you?  Write a story about a day you might have spent lost in a foreign country without knowing the language.


42. Imagine a city project to have every school student do some hours of community service as a part of the required curriculum.  What would you choose to do?  What do you think it would be like?  What people might you meet?  What would you be doing to help?  Write a story about your day of community service.


43. Sometimes family members or friends embarrass you when other people are around.  Think of some times this has happened to you. Think of what could happen.  Write a story about some embarrassing incident you might have had and how you coped with it.


44. Now and then you, without meaning to do so, break something that belongs to someone else.  Think about what might be broken.  Think about what might happen as a result.  Now, write a story about accidentally breaking something that belonged to someone else and the story of what happened as a result.


45. One day your teacher must go home.  Your teacher leaves, telling you that someone else will teach the class for the rest of the time.  Who do you think will replace the teacher?  What happens as a result? Write a story about a time your teacher had to go home, and someone


else took over the class.


46. Imagine you opened your own restaurant. Tell the name of your restaurant. Explain what the restaurant looks like, who works there, and what you serve.


47. Describe your favorite character from a book, a movie, or television.


48. Write a story titled, “My Journey on a Pirate Ship.” You and your friends can star in the story.


49. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be? Describe the pet and how you would take care of it.


50. Do you have any brothers or sisters? If you do, tell what they’re like. If not, tell whether or not you would like to have a brother or sister.


51. If you could have lunch with any famous person who would it be? What would you talk about with this person?


52. How old were you four years ago? Describe some things you can do now that you could not do then.


53. If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Describe what happens when you’re on the show.


54. Describe several ways a person your age can earn money.


55. If you could spend an afternoon with one member of your extended family, who would it be? Tell why you chose this person and tell what you do together.


56. Which superpower would you most like to have– invisibility, super strength, or the ability to fly? Describe what kids of things you would do with your powers.


57. Think of a time when you’ve won something. Tell what you won and how you won it.


58. Invent a new kind of sandwich. Describe what is on it and how you would make it.


59. Describe one thing you’re really good at.


60. Imagine you were twenty feet tall. Describe what life would be like. How would it be different from your life now?

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