The Narrative Essay! 8th Grade Narrative Essays



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The Narrative Essay!

  • 8th Grade

Narrative Essays

  • Today we are going to start thinking about the next essay that you will write…the narrative essay! These essays fall into the expository category.
  • Narrative essays are much easier for some people to write because you are telling about something, not just arguing a point.

Narrative Essays

  • In a narrative essay, you relate a personal experience or tell a story.
  • You tell stories all the time: to your friends, to your teachers, to your parents and other relatives.
  • When you tell a story, you relate an experience to others.

Narrative Essays

  • Basically, a narrative essay tells a story or relates a personal experience.
  • You are telling the reader a story about yourself.
  • So, what do I need to know about a narrative essay?

Narrative Essays

  • Narrative Essays need a number of different things to be effective.
    • A beautiful beginning that hooks the reader in.
    • Has a lot of elaboration with details (it needs to paint a picture!)
    • Has reactions and feelings throughout the piece.
    • Uses dialogue
    • Has a zinger at the end for an effective closing.
    • Uses A TON of good transitions!

Narrative Essays!

  • In addition, a narrative essay needs three basic parts: a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  • A narrative essay can be easy to write if you break it down into paragraphs.
  • A basic narrative will go like this:

Introduction

  • Introduction
    • Beautiful Beginning
    • Preview what you are going to talk about “This was my favorite trip because we did so many cool things and, of course, my sister ending up in the River was a priceless childhood moment!”
  • Paragraph one: What led up to the event. THE BEGINNING!
    • Background: Why did you do this? Did someone make you? Were you going on a trip? What was the trip there like? Tell me how the story started!
    • Details, reactions, quotes
  • Paragraph two: What you did. THE MIDDLE!
    • What did you do when you got there? What happened? Did someone get hurt? Do something funny?
    • Details, reactions, quotes!
  • Paragraph three: What was the result THE END
    • What happened? Did you get into trouble? How did you end the adventure?
    • Details, reactions, quotes
  • Conclusion: What you learned. Tie up your story.
    • What did you learn by doing/going? Did you have fun? Would you do it again? Recap where you went and what you did!
    • End with a ZINGER!

Every Narrative…

  • Must have a conflict, a rising action, and a climax! After all, you are telling a story!

Narrative Essays

  • The key to writing a great narrative essay is to:
    • Tell a complete story
    • Make sure to put in a lot of details.
    • Entertain the reader!
    • STAY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!
    • Transitions, transitions, transitions!!!

Narrative Example

  • Mindy Deckard
  • 8th Grade English
  • Narrative Essay
  • 1st Quarter
  • Everything Is Going Wrong!
  • Have you ever had one of those days where everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, goes wrong? I have a great example of just such a day. If you could imagine it, it happened-from my Chihuahua getting sick on my favorite jacket to missing the bus to my parents literally forgetting me at school! Some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed; this was one of those days!

My crummy day started splendidly, and I mean that sarcastically, when my alarm clock buzzed annoyingly at 6:30. That might not seem like a bad start to the morning until you realize that I did not actually hear my clock until 7:10. What a way to start a day! I raced into the bathroom and took what had to be the fastest shower known to man. Then I bounded back to my room, only to come upon the next disaster. My Chihuahua, Paco, had gotten sick on my favorite jacket-the one I was going to wear to school that day. Since I hadn’t put my clothes in the wash the morning before, the only thing I had clean was a pair of bright red pants and a green polo shirt. “Yeah,” I said sarcastically to myself, “I am going to look like a great big Christmas tree in the middle of February!” No time to worry, though. I was already too late for breakfast and, if I didn’t get a move on now, I was going to miss my bus.

  • My crummy day started splendidly, and I mean that sarcastically, when my alarm clock buzzed annoyingly at 6:30. That might not seem like a bad start to the morning until you realize that I did not actually hear my clock until 7:10. What a way to start a day! I raced into the bathroom and took what had to be the fastest shower known to man. Then I bounded back to my room, only to come upon the next disaster. My Chihuahua, Paco, had gotten sick on my favorite jacket-the one I was going to wear to school that day. Since I hadn’t put my clothes in the wash the morning before, the only thing I had clean was a pair of bright red pants and a green polo shirt. “Yeah,” I said sarcastically to myself, “I am going to look like a great big Christmas tree in the middle of February!” No time to worry, though. I was already too late for breakfast and, if I didn’t get a move on now, I was going to miss my bus.

Unfortunately, my day didn’t get any better at school. In leaving for school that morning, I forgot to grab my algebra assignment. This was especially bad because my algebra teacher, Mrs. Richardson, never, EVER took work late. “Great, just great,” I muttered to myself as I jammed my coat, my bag, and what I could fit of my softball gear in my locker. However, that was also just the beginning. During the day, I was late to not one, but three classes. The lunch featured tuna surprise-the surprise being that it was actually considered food! Then, halfway through seventh hour, I realized that I had forgotten to set the VCR to record my favorite television show, “Beverly Hills 90210” which was on while I was at softball practice. The day was going from bad to worse in a hurry!

  • Unfortunately, my day didn’t get any better at school. In leaving for school that morning, I forgot to grab my algebra assignment. This was especially bad because my algebra teacher, Mrs. Richardson, never, EVER took work late. “Great, just great,” I muttered to myself as I jammed my coat, my bag, and what I could fit of my softball gear in my locker. However, that was also just the beginning. During the day, I was late to not one, but three classes. The lunch featured tuna surprise-the surprise being that it was actually considered food! Then, halfway through seventh hour, I realized that I had forgotten to set the VCR to record my favorite television show, “Beverly Hills 90210” which was on while I was at softball practice. The day was going from bad to worse in a hurry!

To top off a great ending to a fabulous day, sarcastically speaking, I was dead tired at the end of softball practice. My arms were killing me and my knee hurt from being in the catcher’s position for what seemed like two solid hours. I grabbed my gear from the locker room and trudged to the door. However, when I got there, I realized something very important. My parents had forgotten to pick me up! I was going to have to walk home from school with a mountain of homework and my softball gear! “Great, just great,” I said to myself. I ended up walking home the whole way-all two miles. My Mom told me that she just forgot that I had practice. You would have thought that my absence would have been a clue-but no. I decided then and there to make it a short night and go to bed early. It was the least I could do to get out of this blasted day!

  • To top off a great ending to a fabulous day, sarcastically speaking, I was dead tired at the end of softball practice. My arms were killing me and my knee hurt from being in the catcher’s position for what seemed like two solid hours. I grabbed my gear from the locker room and trudged to the door. However, when I got there, I realized something very important. My parents had forgotten to pick me up! I was going to have to walk home from school with a mountain of homework and my softball gear! “Great, just great,” I said to myself. I ended up walking home the whole way-all two miles. My Mom told me that she just forgot that I had practice. You would have thought that my absence would have been a clue-but no. I decided then and there to make it a short night and go to bed early. It was the least I could do to get out of this blasted day!

Needless to say, that April day was probably one of the most aggravating, horrible days of my life. Everything from my alarm clock ringing on was horrible! I learned a lot about that day, looking back. I learned that your alarm clock can be cruel, your dog can be too gross for words, and if something can go wrong, it will on certain days. However, I know that, more than anything else, I NEVER want to have another day like that ever again!

  • Needless to say, that April day was probably one of the most aggravating, horrible days of my life. Everything from my alarm clock ringing on was horrible! I learned a lot about that day, looking back. I learned that your alarm clock can be cruel, your dog can be too gross for words, and if something can go wrong, it will on certain days. However, I know that, more than anything else, I NEVER want to have another day like that ever again!

What happens if I can’t think of anything to write?

  • What happens if I can’t think of anything to write?
    • No one is actually going to check your story to make sure it is factual.
    • However, the key is to make it believable. That means, even if the prompt is really unusual, make it sound like it actually did happen.
    • For example, if I ask you what your favorite field trip was, don’t answer “to the moon.” Say “King’s Island” or Wrigley Field instead…at least that is believable.

Remember…

  • You are graded on
    • Staying on topic the whole time (talk about one trip, one event, one day…don’t “chase kangaroos!”)
    • Support/Elaboration (Give a lot of details…you are telling this story to someone…they want to know what happened!)
    • Organization (Make sure your story has a beginning, a middle, and an end!)
    • Conventions (After all, this is an English class!)


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