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Copy of Narrative Writing

narrative as essay narrative as story
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Brandon Williams

on 13 September 2010

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Transcript of Copy of Narrative Writing

TODAY'S AGENDA

1. History

2. Elements

3. Characteristics

4. Graphic organizers

5. Great Beginnings

6. Great Beginnings--Examples

7. Write your own beginning

8. Story--Yellow Wallpaper

9. Story--Questions
NARRATIVE WRITING
GREAT BEGINNINGS

•Question
•Quote
•Dialogue
•Funny story/anecdote
•Dramatic statement
•Jump into action
•Traditional fairy tale
•Place/time
•Statistic
Helpful Handouts

•Prompts
•Graphic organizers
•Lessons/Activities
•Rubrics
•Miscellaneous
Graphic Organizers
HISTORY

Derives from the Latin verb narrare, which means "to recount".

Around 4100-3800 BCE, written language was beginning to develop. One of the earliest examples was found in Mesopotamia.

Stories are an important aspect of culture. Many works of art and most works of literature, tell stories; indeed, most of the humanities involve stories.

Stories are of ancient origin, existing in Egyptian, Greek, Chinese and Indian cultures.

Storytelling was one of the earliest forms of entertainment.

Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways. For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of year. For another, he really wanted to do his homework, but was forced to do it in secret, in the dead of night. And he also happened to be a wizard.”
~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner
of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
“Out to the hoghouse,” replied Mrs. Arable. “Some pigs were born last night.”
“I don’t see why he needs an ax,” continued Fern, who was only eight.
~ Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
Involves the reader in the story, recreates the incident instead of just telling about it. “Don’t tell me, show me”
Characteristics:

• Generally written in the 1st person but 3rd person can also be used

• Uses vivid verbs and modifiers

• Uses figurative language to enhance writing: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole, et cetera.

• Includes concrete sensory details that convey a point and create an impression

• Often uses dialogue
Includes classic
story elements:

Character
Conflict
Complications
Climax
Conclusion
Has a specific topic or main idea and usually has a lesson learned that is communicated in the writing
Elements:
Three types: personal experience (past or present), recurring event, and observation
Details are carefully selected to support, explain, and enhance the story
BEGINNING EXAMPLES
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