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Get in the Mood…

…to write a personal narrative essay.

If you need to choose a topic for a personal narrative essay and you’re not sure what to write about, here are some suggestions. Each emoji shows the mood of the prompts below it.

  • The funniest thing you’ve ever seen.
  • Your unusual or unique talent.
  • The silliest thing you’ve ever done.
  • How you got your nickname.
  • Your strange obsession.
  • What makes you unique.
  • A time when you couldn’t stop laughing.
  • A time when you had the best or worst luck.
  • Your weirdest, most ridiculous dream.
  • A funny misunderstanding.
  • A memorable party.
  • A strange coincidence.
  • A bad hair day.
  • A time when you ate something gross.
  • Your most embarrassing moment.
  • The scariest thing that has ever happened to you.
  • A supernatural, paranormal or unexplained experience you’ve had.
  • A time when you experienced an emergency.
  • A time when you got lost.
  • Your scariest dream.
  • Your most disastrous day.
  • Learning something that shocked you.
  • Being afraid of something that turned out not to be scary at all.
  • How you overcame a fear.
  • The experience of trying something new.
  • The bravest thing you’ve ever done.
  • How you proved someone wrong.
  • How you achieved something that
  • felt impossible.
  • An event that brought your
  • family together.
  • The most difficult decision you’ve
  • had to make.
  • A time when you rebelled against something.
  • A time when you stood up for
  • Someone else.
  • Taking a huge risk.
  • A person that changed your life or
  • world view.
  • A big mistake you’ve made.
  • A time when you felt like an outsider.
  • The last time you cried.
  • Losing a loved one.
  • Something you regret.
  • A time when you pretended to be someone you’re not.
  • A time you had to ask for forgiveness.
  • A time when you were ill or injured.
  • Breaking a rule and having to face the consequences.
  • Experiencing rejection.
  • Something you wish you could change about yourself or your life.
  • A time when you were the subject of
  • a rumor.
  • A difficult experience in school.
  • A time when you dealt with peer pressure.
  • A time you lost something valuable.
  • Something you feel guilty about.
  • Your first memory.
  • A time when someone did something nice for you.
  • A time when you did something nice for someone else
  • Making a new friend.
  • Someone you look up to.
  • A time when your actions saved the day.
  • Your most exciting adventure.
  • An experience that taught you to appreciate life more.
  • A time when you were proud of yourself.
  • Your favorite place in the world.
  • A piece of technology that you can’t live without.
  • Your favorite song or movie.
  • Your prized possession.
  • Having an argument with someone.
  • A time when someone lied to you.
  • A time when you faced discrimination.
  • Your pet peeve (something that annoys you).
  • Wanting something you couldn’t have.
  • Being jealous of someone else.
  • A time when you lost your temper.
  • A time when you were under pressure.
  • A time when you overreacted.
  • A time when your privacy was invaded.

ELA Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3 / W.4.3 / W.5.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Created by Eboni Hogan for Kiddom

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