Have you ever lost yourself in a great novel? One of those stories that hooks you from the start, makes you empathise with the characters and keeps you on the edge of your seat, before wrapping everything up in the most satisfying way? 

Imagine you’re at your desk reading through all of your students’ writing assignments and each one captivates you. They don’t start with ‘Once upon a time’ and end with ‘and then I woke up!’ How much more enjoyable would that task be?

The students featured below certainly know how to hook their reader. Using the Seven Steps techniques has helped them to Ban the Boring and make their stories engaging from beginning to end. 

Check out these awesome narrative student writing samples that were entered into the 2020 Seven Steps Narrative Writing Competition.

Narrative student writing samples

Step 2: Sizzling Starts

Technique: Start with a sound

Layla, Year 2
Sunrise Christian School

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Step 2: Sizzling Starts

Technique: Start with dialogue

Year 3 before and after narrative student writing sample

Year 3 student holding up her printed writing sample

Amelia, Year 3
Kalamunda Christian School

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Step 3: Tightening Tension

Technique: Add sensory details

Year 3 Tightening Tension narrative student writing sample

Jack holding the narrative writing manual with his sample

Jack, Year 3
Honeywood Primary School

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Step 7:  Exciting Endings

Technique: Add an emotional resolution

Year 4 before and after narrative writing sample

Amina, Year 4
Harrington Park Public School

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Putting It All Together (All Steps)

Putting it all together student writing sampleHarry, Year 4
St Columba’s Primary School 

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Narrative writing manual

Well done to these published authors!

All these narrative student writing samples have been published in the new Seven Steps Narrative Writing Manual. We’re so proud of these students and their writing success!

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