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Transcript of Narrative
Characters are introduced
Place and time period are esstablished
Clues are given to set up for the coming complication A problem -
Something happens in order to trigger the rest of the story.
This trigger may affect setting, characters or time. A set of events triggered by the complication.
The body of the narrative.
Lead toward the resultion. Coda The problem is solved and the story ends. There may be a moral or message at the end of the story.
Note: Not all narratives have a coda. Consider the structure of the story
of Little Red Riding Hood 1. Orientation: Little Red Riding sets out for her grandma's house.
2. Complication: Little Red meets the wolf.
3. Series of Events:
The wolf leaves Little Red and races to her Grandma's house.
The wolf eats Grandma and puts on her clothes.
Little Red arrives and the wolf tricks her.
4. Conclusion: The Woodcutter arrives and saves the day.
5. Coda: Children should not talk to strangers.
Activity Each student is given a random everyday object.
A bottle of hand sanitizer
An elastic band Students then use these objects to write a creative narrative, using the narrative structure (Orientation, Complication,Series of events, Resolution & Coda). For a challenge, put students in groups of two or three, and ask them to write a collaborative narrative.
The must choose characters and events to link their objects. (Steven Frigg, n.d. http://wwwfp.education.tas.gov.au/english/narrative.htm) Students will need to pay particular attention to planning and drafting. Each group should then present the story to the class.
Perhaps through a PowerPoint Story Book.