Narrative Writing Example

Here is an example of an introduction paragraph for a narrative writing piece:


       On a snowy morning in February, three twelve-year-old girls named Mrs. Stroh, Mrs. Rushnock, and Mrs. Koldyk were happily playing outside. Neighbors could hear the happy and silly laughter of the girls.  Onlookers might see snow being chucked from girl to girl, and it was clear that the preteens were having a great time.   Mrs. Koldyk suggested that they make a  snowman as big as the Empire State Building.   The girls knew that they needed a carrot, twigs, buttons, a tophat, and a scarf.  They were able to find all of the materials in Mrs. Stroh's house.  The girls assembled the snowman on the front lawn.   As they stood admiring their work, Mrs. Stroh's mom came out with bubbling cups of hot cocoa that smelled delightful.  At the end of the day, her friends went home, and Mrs. Stroh was tucked in by her mother.  Mrs. Stroh fell asleep with a smile on her face because she was proud of the snowman.

Inciting Incident:

        The sun shining through the window the next morning woke Mrs. Stroh up.  While she typically rose from bed as slow as a sloth, Mrs. Stroh was too enthusiastic this morning.  She darted out of bed, and ran to the window.  She pulled open the curtains, and prepared to see the magnificent snowman in the center of the lawn.  But to her surprise, the snowman was missing! 

Rising Action:

         Many thoughts started to flood through Mrs. Stroh's mind.  She couldn't understand how the snowman could have gone missing.  She decided to call her friends back over to solve the mystery.  An hour later, Mrs. Rushnok suggested in a worried tone, "Maybe we should check behind the house."

        "That sounds like a good idea," Mrs. Koldyk responded.

        "Around this way," Mrs. Stroh pointed, "is the backyard."

        The girls raced to the backyard.  There were no signs of their frosty friend.    If a neighbor had peered out the window at that moment, they would have seen that the girls were out of breath and looked concerned.


     As the girls trudged back around the house, heads down in disappointment, it was clear that they all felt defeated.  Just as they were about to throw in the towel, Mrs. Koldyk’s face lit up like a lightbulb.  She ran to the side of the property and picked up the orange carrot that had once graced the smiling face of their snowman.   The girls felt reenergized by the clue, and they began to comb the front of the house closer than they had earlier.   Mrs. Rushnok exclaimed with glee when she walked over to the original site of the snowman and found a series of footsteps leading away towards the driveway.


Falling Action:

     As the teenagers studied the footsteps, they tried to think of possible answers to their dilemma.  Mrs. Stroh’s answer was met by hysterical laughter from her friends.  She had suggested that the snowman grew legs, and learned how to drive.  When none of the options seemed realistic, they were ready to wave the white flag and surrender.  Just as they started to walk back into the house to watch some TV, Mrs. Stroh’s mom drove up in their candy apple-red minivan.



Mrs. Stroh ran up to give her mom a hug, and explained that their snowman had disappeared.  Her mom started laughing, which only made the girls confused.  She went on to explain that she had seen the news that morning and the temperature was supposed to rise considerably.  Knowing that the girls would be disappointed, she decided to pack up the snowman and bring it to the freezer section at Shop Rite!  The girls couldn’t believe their ears.  They learned a lesson that morning: expect the unexpected!