Narrative Writing Assignment: A Rescue Story
This assignment is narrative — meaning you are going to tell a story. Of course, there are many kinds of stories and deciding which kind to write might be a little overwhelming, so we have narrowed it down for you.
This story is to be a “rescue story.” It will involve at least these two characters:
- Someone in danger — needing rescue.
- A rescuer — the hero who tries to save the day.
Keep it brief. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away in a story like this, so be careful not to go too long (stay under 1,000 words). Focus on the rescue, not the events leading up to it. Do your best to capture the reader’s attention and create suspense. Don’t be predictable. Try to surprise the reader.
Below are some suggestions for rescue situations. You may choose one from the list, choose one and change it up, or create one that is entirely original.
- A tiger is trapped in a pit.
- An old fisherman is lost at sea after a storm.
- A bank robber is trapped in the vault he had been trying to rob.
- A rich man’s daughter is held captive by kidnappers.
- A lone mountain climber hangs off a cliff by his fingertips.
- A soldier in a bunker is surrounded by the enemy.
- A hamster is in a pet store cage.
- A vacationing family has run out of gas in the desert.
- A skier is buried under an avalanche.
- An astronaut’s tether has broken during a spacewalk.
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