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Narrative Writing

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Debbie Donnelly

on 19 May 2011

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Narrative Writing What is Sensory Language?
Example: "I could hear bells ringing. It sent shivers down my spine."
Creating an imageto advance the story line. What is Sensory Language? Warm Up:

Take a few minutes to read these two sentences. Compare and contrast the sentences. Is one sentence more compelling than the other? Why?

"Morning came and the people arrived."


"The cool morning sun cast long fingers of shadow and light across the green field as our visitors tramped across the rough and dewy grass." Creating Images Using Sensory Language:
Benchmark Pieces:
"An Ordinary Class Trip" ~ 5th grade
"Lollipop" ~ 8th grade What are the Elements of a Narrative Writing piece?
In a narrative piece, writers organize and relate a story line plot/series of events through the development of:
Plot: Statement of the Problem or "conflict"
Setting What is Narrative Writing?
A descriptive style of writing that tells a story.
Fiction or non-fiction. How?
By creating a clear and coherent story line.
By establishing context (setting or background information)
By establishing a problem/conflict/challenge and
Finally, by establishing a resolution to the problem/conflict/challenge. How does one create a narrative piece?

Strategies to employ:
Story Map (i.e.: characters; setting; statement of the problem; beginning, middle, end; solution; and theme)
Descriptive, relevant details (that help in advancing the story line)
Dialogue to tell the story, to describe characters and setting
Setting a time line and following it
Sensory language to enhance the narrative

All while maintaining the focus of the story Sight:
The sense of sight is conveyed by talking about light and dark, shades and hues, visible shape and appearance.

The brilliant red petals of the rose bush reached out to us as we passed the garden.

The sense of sound is triggered by reference to loudness, timbre, actual words spoken, and so on.

He shouted harsh approval at the sound of her pure warbling Italian soprano.

Tactile feeling and emotional feeling are closely connected, as we sense our emotions as tensions and other physical bodily experiences.

His heart thumped as he grasped the meaning of her smile.

Taste and smell:
Our sense of smell and taste are closely linked and are often used in the metaphoric sense.

She could stomach his words no longer and smelled a bitter rat in his intent. The power of sensory language!!!!!
The power of stimulation!!

Sensory language is a powerful writing tool in engaging readers, simply because it triggers our senses (sight, touch, taste, hearing and smell), rather than requiring the cognitive effort (think time!) that more abstract or objective writing requires.

By painting pictures, sounds and sensations with words, the narrative will gain your reader's attention and foster greater understanding of your piece effectively. Take a few minutes to review each picture.

How do these images make you feel?
Use sensory language to describe these images in 3 to 5 sentences. Objective for this class:

How does Sensory Language enhance narrative writing and why?
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