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Narrative Paragraph

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Images from Shutterstock.com Narrating is telling a story describing an event or series of events. Narration tells a story in order. First, make a list of everything that happened during your topic, in the order in which it happened. Make each line of the list into a complete sentence next. Use connecting words such as "first," "then," and "after" to transition from one step to the next. You now have a narrative paragraph! Sample Paragraph Larry suddenly woke up from a deep sleep. The sun was dazzling his half-open eyes, and he couldn’t figure out what time it was. The door to his room was closed; the house was immersed in some sort of reckless silence. He slowly got out of his bed and approached the bench right next to the window. For a moment, he thought, he heard a tapping sound coming from the attic. Then again he heard the sound, only this time it seemed to be somewhat closer. He looked outside the window and saw a man going by the left side of the road. On seeing Larry, the man approached his garden’s fence and whistled. At this point, Larry recognized Nick and waved his hand. He quickly got dressed and was about the get down to open the gate, but he again heard someone murmuring in the other part of the house. Larry decided to go to the attic and see what was causing this, now buzzing, sound. He got to the second floor of his house and looked toward the attic. He quickly opened its door and looked inside. Nothing was found. He was about to turn back and attend to his guest when he, suddenly, slipped on the stairs and fell. He called out to Nick to help him get up. •Protagonist – in the above paragraph, the protagonist is Larry who is introduced at the very beginning of the story;
•Setting – Larry’s house is the setting. From the paragraph, reader can learn about his bedroom (where he woke up), it is also clear that it’s a two-storey house with an attic, and a fenced garden;
•Goal – the goal of the story is Nick visiting Larry;
•Obstacle – what stops Larry from coming down, and earlier on, from concentrating on getting dressed are repeating bizarre sounds coming from all parts of the house;
•Climax – Larry trying to check what was causing the sound;
•Resolution – Larry falls from the stairs and calls out to Nick to help him get up.
Narrative paragraphs contain several regular elements: Narration English II: January 30, 2013 A paragraph can serve the function of telling a story, series of details which will clarify for the reader facts important for the argument. Narration Note: Narrative paragraphs don’t need to be chronological. Action can use flashbacks and retrospection in order to move the story forward. How to Write a Narrative Paragraph 1. Choose a topic that will appeal to the designated audience for your narrative paragraph.

2. List several details that you know or have learned about your chosen topic.

3. Write a topic sentence that introduces what key information will be in the paragraph.

4. Create an outline of your paragraph that begins with your topic sentence and contains at least three important details from your list.

5. Write your three detail sentences. Use transitions between each sentence to lead your reader logically through the narrative.

6. Add your final clincher or concluding sentence that sums up your paragraph without simply repeating the details from your paragraph.

7. Check your paragraph for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation, or have an adult or peer read your paragraph to identify mistakes. The Basic Modes of Narration First Person Narration

1. The addressor is the speaker or writer.

2. the code is the spoken or written words

3. The message is the meaning of the words as encoded by the addressor and decoded by the addressee.

4. The addressee is the listener or reader.

In short stories and novels, first-person narration — narration in “I” — tends to emphasize the addressor, the speaker, the narrator himself. The Character-Narrator

Often, the first person character-narrator is the main character, the hero of the story. In this case, the character side of the character-narrator duality is dominant.

When the first person character-narrator is not the hero but a minor character, the character side of the duality recedes and the narrator side takes precedence.

The narration begins more closely to resemble third person as it shifts from the peripherally participating, minor “I” to the main actors, “he” and “she”:

First-person narration provides the reader with a very direct, firsthand experience of the fictional world. The reader feels himself in the company of one of the characters, encountering the other characters and experiencing the events of the story alongside the character-narrator. Second-Person Narration

Second-person narration, narration in “you,” is a perfectly good theoretical construct. There is no grammatical reason not to use it, yet it remains rare and problematic in practice.

In contrast to first person, second-person narration, analogous to the grammatical category of address (the “vocative” mode), tends to shift emphasis away from the speaker (addressor) and even away from the story (the code and message), towards the listener (addressee), towards the reader himself. Addressed directly by the narrator, the reader feels himself drawn into the story as a pseudo-participant. Third-Person Narration

Third-person narration tends to shift emphasis away from the impersonal narrator (addressor), and away from the reader (addressee), towards the events and characters of the story itself (code and message) Third-Person Narration

Third-person narration tends to shift emphasis away from the impersonal narrator (addressor), and away from the reader (addressee), towards the events and characters of the story itself (code and message) Developing a Narrative Paragraph
1.Considering purpose and audience
2.Using Dialogue
Some rules fo using dialogue:
a.Place quotation marks around the words, and start a new paragraph when a new character begins speaking. For this reason , it is easy to tell that there are two different speakers in the following exchange between the first person and the second person.
b.Record people’s words exactly as they speak them, complete with slang and errors in grammar and pronunciation.
c.Make sure your reader knows who is speaking at any given time.
d.Set off tag lines from quotations with commas


Langan, J. (2010). College Writing Skills with readings: Eight Edition. McGraw-Hill.
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