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Narrative Writing

Teaching 8th graders about narrative writing--specifically short story writing

Alyson Bernhisel

on 27 September 2012

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Transcript of Narrative Writing

Narrative Writing A narration is an account or story--so narrative writing is just story telling. Short Story A short story is defined as a brief work of fiction, complete with all the story elements found in a long story, such as a novel:
-theme A good short story author plans out his/her story--determining a purpose (why he/she is writing) and defining an audience (who he/she is writing for). He/she decides on when and where the story will happen, and who his/her characters are and what they will do. He/she changes things while putting it together to improve his/her story. Then he/she polishes it, making each word, sentence, and paragraph count.

In other words, a good short story author doesn't just put some writing on paper and call it good--he/she carefully crafts his/her story. Narration is the first form of writing students are exposed to--through stories read to them or read by them--so it is the easiest for them to do themselves. Good writing takes time and effort. Good writers don't just scribble down words on paper, check their spelling, and think that's enough. Instead, they carefully consider their audience, topic, and purpose, and follow a series of steps which are known as the "Writing Process." The Writing Process Step 1: Prewriting Step 2: Drafting or Composing Step 3: Evaluating Step 4: Revising Step 5: Editing/Proofreading Step 6: Publishing What does this step involve? What does this step involve? What does this step involve? What does this step involve? What does this step involve? What does this step involve? 1- Selecting your topic,
2- brainstorming about that topic and gathering any necessary information about it, and
3- planning out your piece. In a story, you'd sketch out your characters, setting, and events (in words and/or drawings). In an essay, you'd lay out your introduction, body, and conclusion. Putting your ideas down on paper in a rough draft. Reading through (and perhaps having someone else read through) your work to assess it, checking your content, organization, and conventions, as well as fixing any concerns with your word choices, sentences, and paragraphs. 1- Checking to see your writing stays on topic and follows a logical order,
2- adding in both general and specific details with descriptive word choices,
3- reworking sentences so they flow smoothly, and
4- deleting unnecessary repetition. Correcting concerns with capitals, punctuation, and spelling (use Spell Check AND your eyes), and
2- fixing any grammar concerns. Sharing your final copy with others. All the nitty-gritty stuff! At this point, you don't worry about conventions--you just write. (In school, everytime you turn in something for a grade, you're "publishing" your work!) Step 1: Prewriting 1- Why this fairy tale (and character)? - Didn't want to do the entire story (so I could get into his brain more!)

- Throw in things I like and know about.

-Appearance: Cross between Megamind and the Grinch (small, large head, unhappy look on his face all the time); green

- Personality: selfish, greedy, short-sighted, feels misjudged, complains a lot, capable of doing good things
- Story that bothered me when I was a kid.

- Confusing character!

- Wanted to show that he wasn't evil--just flawed.

2- Brainstorm 3- Plan out your piece 1- Starts out in the middle of story; frustrated, because he is having to make a hard decision
2- States his wish (to find true love!)
3- Gives some history (of himself, the town, the girl).
4- At least indicates what he is going to decide to do. However, the term "short" does not indicate any particular length--perhaps only a page or many pages.
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