Topic Titles For Essays

A List of 30 Best Narrative Essay Titles to Consider

When writing narrative essays, just like any other type of essay, the hardest part can be just getting started. What should you even write about? Well, to help with that, here are a few titles that might help you get started:

  1. The Day I Left My Childhood Behind: A Coming of Age Narrative
  2. How Sorrow Feels: My First Great Heartbreak
  3. Finding Love: How I Met My Soulmate
  4. How Change Can Be a Good Thing: How I Coped With My Big Move
  5. Learning What Death Is: The Death of Our Beloved Goldfish Bob-Bob When I Was a Child
  6. Finding Beauty In the Printed Word: How I Learned to Love Poetry
  7. My First Horror Movie: Why the Movie Pet Semetary Will Never Not be Terrifying
  8. Over-sheltering Your Children: Does it Help or Hurt?
  9. Grandma’s Told This Story About the Banana Bread 9000 Times: Learning to Have Patience With Your Elders
  10. Uncle George Was Super Gay: Learning To Accept and Love Your Family As They Are.
  11. A Moment Of Solitude: How I Learned The Importance Of Me Time
  12. Adventures Of An Introvert: Why You Shouldn’t Necessarily Drag Your Quiet Cousin Out Of Her Shell
  13. It Doesn’t Have To Be A Shirt: Why Any Sacrifice From Another Should Earn Your Respect
  14. The TV Isn’t Really Listening: A Look At Paranoia
  15. How Rock And Roll Changed My Life: The Power Of Music
  16. Conversations With An Old Friend: How And Why Old Ties Are Important
  17. Don’t Challenge The Goose: A Tale Of Terror At The City Park
  18. Let The Light In: Why Curtains Aren’t Always A Good Thing
  19. But It’s Just A Painting: A Story Of Sentimental Value
  20. Water Always Flows Downhill: A Story Of Inevitability
  21. Why Is She Holding All Those Rocks And Crying?: A Story About Timing And Context
  22. Why Xena Warrior Princess Is My Hero: Confessions Of A Former Shy Girl
  23. Flowers In Spring: A Tale Of Love And Allergies
  24. The Suicidal Cocker Spaniel: Why Animals Act The Way They Do
  25. The Trojan Horse: A Closer Look At Reverse Psychology
  26. 9 Times 9 Is A Lot Of 3s: How I Learned To Actually Love Math
  27. The Sounds In The Chimney: How I Found Out That I Had Barn Swallows As Roommates
  28. Give Them A Basket: Why Fruit Solves Everything
  29. The Toy Soldier: Why Sentimental Value Is Important
  30. That Pie Wasn’t For You: A Missive On The Importance Of Sharing

When writing a narrative essay, sometimes once you have the idea for a title, you are ready to go! Consider this list of 30 best narrative essay titles and you may well be on your way.

An effective research paper title will

  • identify the limited subject of the essay, and
  • the position the paper takes on the subject.

It may also be useful to grab the reader’s interest with a brief quote or detail, but if your goal is to persuade your reader, your title will also need to inform.

Your title is your first opportunity to persuade your reader. Don’t waste it.

Essay 1
That’s not a paper title, it’s just a label. Your instructor already knows what the homework is; your instructor will be reading the title to find out what position your paper is doing to defend.
The Social Value of Television
The above at least identifies the topic, but it’s weak because it doesn’t identify the position the author is going to take.
The Social Value of Television: Smith’s Microcommunities from “Appointment TV” to “Binge-watching”
This title is more informative; if your instructor simply wants you to list what you’ve learned, then this title might be fine. But if your instructor has asked you to defend a position, this title doesn’t even hint at what position this paper will take. (On the most basic level, will this paper agree or disagree with Smith’s position on the relationship between microcommunities and the social value of television?)
How Smith’s Microcommunities Elevated the Social Value of Television (1980s-2010s)
Television’s Surprising Endurance Disproves Smith’s Microcommunity Model
Either of these will work. Note that simply mentioning that the paper will talk about the social value of television and Smith’s concept of microcommunities is vague; there are a limitless number of creative ways that an intelligent student could work with those two subjects.

 

Hamlet and Macbeth: Similarities and Differences
My freshman year in college, I actually turned this in as the title of a paper.

My argument was that as Hamlet’s plot descended into tragedy, Hamlet became more human, while as Macbeth’s plot unfolded, Macbeth became less human.

 

Tragic reversal: Macbeth’s tragic fall mirrors Hamlet’s tragic ascent
That would have been a much better title for the paper I described above.

 

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