Narrative Tense and POV


You See a Ghost

In this lesson, you will write a scene about a ghost, from a 2nd person point of view.

Study the example below. (Notice the use of the 2nd person pronoun, "you").

Note: Usually I discourage students from using present tense for their narratives, because I think it's important to master past tense first, before experimenting with less popular points of view.

However, present tense works well with 2nd person narratives. They complement each other like bread and butter. So, if you want to use present tense, go ahead.


You are sitting at home, late one night, when you hear a spooky sound. To your surprise, a ghost walks in. The ghost sits down in a chair.

"Who are you?" you ask, your voice trembling with terror.

"Don't you recognize me?" the ghost answers. "I am the man you murdered."

You shrink back into your chair, hardly able to breathe. "No! That's impossible!"

Instructions for the Quiz

  1. Write a scene about a ghost.
    • Use 2nd person POV.
    • Minimum word count: 100 words
  2. Grading rubric / checklist:
    • Did you write a 2nd person narrative?
    • Did you write at least 100 words?
    • Did you divide those words into at least two paragraphs?
    • Are you following the conventions of writing?
      • Capitalization
      • Punctuation
      • Possessives
      • Contractions