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HORROR STORIES: HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE INTRODUCTION

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Transcript of HORROR STORIES: HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE INTRODUCTION

NARRATIVE WRITING: HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE INTRODUCTION
FONTS
Questions
1. Does the opening of the film make you want to continue watching?

2. How is suspense created in the opening scene?


What is an effective introduction in a suspense-filled story like?


1. arouses the interest and curiosity of readers

2. makes readers want to find out more

3. is descriptive but not overloaded with descriptions

Unit plan and Instructional Objective
-This lesson is lesson 2 in the unit plan on narrative writing. In the previous lesson, the students would have covered the basic conventions of narrative writing through an analysis of a story.

-Instructional objective: In this lesson, students will be able to
• Identify features of the four introduction types taught in class.
• Use appropriate literary techniques taught in class to independently write an effective and suspenseful introduction to a narrative in 10 minutes.

Class Profile and Rationale

-Sec 2 high ability students

-Most students in the class have a strong foundation in english but they lack knowledge of narrative techniques

-Majority of the students are interested in thrillers, adventure stories and horror stories.

-At the end of the unit plan, students will have to write a narrative that has an element of suspense(can be a horror story, detective story or a thriller)


1. Narrative Hook

-An
arresting
opening sentence that
hooks
readers and leaves them
questioning.



Characteristics:
Usually
short
Consists of an element that is
uncommon
or
illogical.


Examples
1. Amitha opened the door to her house one morning and found herself standing in front of a man with no lips.

2. Chee Kian the Prince of Nieland was going through his daily makeup routine when he realised that he wasn't alone in his room.

2. SETTING
-Enables readers to
follow
your story better.

-Provides story with a
context.

Characteristics:
Use of
descriptive
language that appeal to the
five senses.
EXAMPLE
Clint Teo was so drunk it took him ten tries before he finally managed to insert his card successfully into the right socket. He stumbled into his room and headed straight for the bed which looked invitingly soft and springy. His room was in apple pie order: the floor was vacuumed, the mess he had left earlier had been cleaned up and the room was filled with the comforting smells of bleach and disinfectant. Just as he was about to fall asleep, he heard a noise coming from the balcony. It sounded as if someone was banging hard on his window and crying for help.
CLIFFHANGER
-Arouses the
curiosity
of readers to make them
want to read further.

Characteristics:

-Placed at the end of an opening paragraph.

-Narrator
witholds
information from readers.
EXAMPLE
The house stood in stark contrast to the lush greenery of the forest that surrounded it. It looked rotten to the core; as if a disease was ravaging it from the inside out. Windows were falling off their hinges and there were gaping holes in the walls. Nurril looked up at the house and her heart did more than few olympic-worthy somersaults.
She approached it with trepidation, pushed open the main door, and gasped in horror at what she saw...
CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE
Use two different methods to craft your own introduction!

4-5 lines

Must have an element of suspense
SHARING TIME!
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