Personal Narrative Essay Writing Prompts

1. Write about your favorite holiday that you and your family celebrate. Why is it your favorite? What are your family
traditions?
2. Write about a very special time in your life. Be sure to use a lot of details!
3. Think about a time when you were very scared and write about it. What were you afraid of? What happened? Are you still afraid of it?
4. Write about a day you spent with your best friend. Who is your best friend? What did you do together?
5. Write about your favorite family vacation. Where did you go? Who was there? Why was it your favorite?
6. Write about your favorite school field trip. What grade were you in? Where did you go? What did you learn?
7. Write about your favorite memory at school. What grade were you in? What happened? Why is it your favorite memory?
8. Write about a very special time you spent with your family. What did you do together? Who was there?
9. Write about your favorite birthday party. How old were you? Why was it your favorite?
10. Think about a day that was not so great. What happened? Where did it happen? Why was it not a great day?
11. Every teacher is special in their own way. Choose one of your teachers (any grade level, any subject – even specials) and tell why he/she is special to you.
12. Everyone has someone they look up to as a role model. Who do you look up to and why?
13. Think about a time when you finally got something you had been working hard to get. Tell the story about your struggle, how you worked hard to get it, and what it was like to finally have it.
14. What is your favorite subject in school and why?
15. Think about the first night you spent away from home. Maybe you spent the night at a friend’s house or at a family member’s house (such as cousins or grandparents). Write about what it was like and what happened that night.
16. We all get gifts from time to time, whether it’s for your birthday, Christmas, or some other celebration. Write about your most favorite gift that you ever received. What was it? Who gave it to you? Why was it your favorite? Do you still have it? If not, what happened to it?
17. Write about your favorite toy from any time during your childhood. What is the toy and why was it your favorite?
18. Think about your most favorite activity to do for fun. What is the activity? Why is it your favorite? Is it a “by yourself” activity or can someone else do it with you? Is it something you get to do often?
19. Who do you most want to be like when you grow up and why?
20.If you could have any career in the world, what would it be and why?