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How to Write a Narrative

This prezi will cover the basics of writing a descriptive paragraph across middle school curriculum.

Michelle Arb

on 3 November 2013

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Transcript of How to Write a Narrative


What is narrative writing?
With descriptive details
A way of telling a story.
Use precise language!
The kids ate their candy.
The kids rapidly gobbled their piles of delicious candy.
Why does "gobbled" create a clearer picture than "ate"?
Avoid cliches!
1 : a trite phrase or expression; Also : the idea expressed by it
2 : something (as a menu item) that has become overly familiar or commonplace
Her face was as white as snow.
He was sick as a dog.
Similes &
His eyes were like
shining stars as he
gazed into his jack
o' lantern.
Triumphantly I brought home my Mona
Lisa of Treats.
In a narrative essay, the writer gives insight into their experience.
Chronological Order
Get right into the action...
There's more than
Consider these
You need
A beginning
and end
Slow Down!
-Slow down the action to impact and influence the moment.
-Add Detail, Convey Mood, Smooth Transitions, Use Complete Thoughts.
An Introduction INTRODUCES
your background information
-What happened before your story begins?
- What are your characters like?
(Hint: If it is personal: you are a character!
Your Action!
What was learned? How does it conclude?
Ways to introduce your characters:
-Age -Gender -Appearance
-Name -Likes/Dislikes -Personality
-Relevant History/Past

Show don't tell:
She was on the track team

As she passed Hilary in the hall she heard her call "Tessa, I'll meet you at the track for practice after school! Let's hit the hurdles hard tonight!"

External Dialogue: Spoken words/conversation

As I passed Hilary in the hall I heard her call, "Tessa, I'll meet you at the track for practice after school! Let's hit the hurdles hard tonight!"

"Alright, sounds like a plan!" I bellowed at her back as she pounced down the corridor.

Internal Dialogue: Thoughts expressed as words

"Crap," I thought to myself, "I was hoping to avoid the hurdles today." However, I quickly pushed it out of my mind as I saw Danny approaching on my left.
Writing Prompt
Choose one of the following prompts to answer in a narrative style:

A: Tell about a time where you made an assumption about another person based on their race, religion, or political views.

B: Tell about a time where another person made an assumption about you based on your race, religion, or political views

*Cover a short period of time.*
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