Success Criteria for Narrative Writing

What makes a great story? We all have our favourite stories that we could read over and over. Equip your students with the tools to create their own stellar narrative stories too! Whether your students are retelling a fairytale or writing an action-packed adventure story, these success criteria will support them with following a narrative structure and developing their plot and characters.

Here are 3 sets of WALT and success criteria. You can select the one which is appropriate for the year level you teach or use all of them as your differentiation for more/less able writers.

KS1 Narrative Writing Success Criteria

These success criteria are for Year 1 and Year 2 students. They cover the basic structure of a narrative story and introduce some language features to add interest and clarity.

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Year 1 Narrative Writing Success Criteria TPT
Year 1 Narrative Writing Success Criteria Tes
Year 2 Narrative Writing Success Criteria TPT
Year 2 Narrative Writing Success Criteria Tes

Narrative Writing success criteria Year 1

Year 1 Narrative Writing success criteria

Narrative Writing success criteria Year 2

Year 2 Narrative Writing Success Criteria


KS2 Narrative Writing Success Criteria

These success criteria are for students in Year 3 upwards. Students need to have been introduced to some literary devices and have a clear understanding of the narrative structure and the audience and purpose of their writing.

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KS2 Narrative Writing Success Criteria TPT
KS2 Narrative Writing Success Criteria Tes

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Narrative Writing Success Criteria Resource


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