With your partner, write down three important pieces of information that you remember about narrative writing



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With your partner, write down three important pieces of information that you remember about narrative writing.

  • With your partner, write down three important pieces of information that you remember about narrative writing.

Has similar features as a narrative paragraph

  • Has similar features as a narrative paragraph
    • Introduction, Body, Conclusion
    • First person
    • Main idea
    • Setting
    • Reflection
    • Descriptive language
    • Transitions
    • Is about a single event
    • Chronological Order

A narrative essay expands on what we already know, but now we have an opportunity to develop our ideas more

  • A narrative essay expands on what we already know, but now we have an opportunity to develop our ideas more
  • The Structure of a Narrative Essay:
  • Introductory Paragraph
  • Body Paragraphs ( 2 – 3)
  • Concluding Paragraph
  • Now we will look at each part more closely.

An introductory paragraph has three jobs:

  • An introductory paragraph has three jobs:
  • To hook the reader
  • To provide a setting and introduce the characters
    • What is the basic idea of the story?
    • Where is the story taking place?
    • When is the story taking place?
    • Who is in the story?
  • To give a purpose to the essay

Another way to look at an introductory paragraph:

  • Another way to look at an introductory paragraph:
  • Hook
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Thesis (the purpose of your essay)

The hook is the FIRST sentence of the introductory paragraph.

  • The hook is the FIRST sentence of the introductory paragraph.
  • The purpose of a hook:
  • To pull the reader
  • Grab the reader’s curiosity
  • Your hook should transition smoothly into the rest of your introductory paragraph.

Your thesis does the same job as the topic sentence in a narrative paragraph.

  • Your thesis does the same job as the topic sentence in a narrative paragraph.
  • It has a main idea and a claim.
  • It is the PURPOSE of your essay. If you don’t have a thesis, you don’t have a purpose and your essay will be very confusing for the reader.
  • Your entire essay will develop to support your thesis.
  • Your thesis is ONLY ONE sentence.
  • Your thesis is the LAST sentence of your introductory paragraph.

The body paragraphs look similar to the body of a narrative paragraph. They develop the story.

  • The body paragraphs look similar to the body of a narrative paragraph. They develop the story.
  • Rising Action:
  • leading up the event
  • Climax: the event
  • Falling Action:
  • what happens afterwards
  • The story is told in chronological order.
  • Transitions will help signal the end of one paragraph and the beginning of the next.
  • They provide a link between ideas and paragraphs.
  • They will give your essay a feeling of unity and allow the reader to follow the story easily.
  • Remember to use a comma after a transition.
  • Before
  • Second
  • Later
  • Meanwhile
  • After
  • Then
  • At last
  • Since
  • During
  • Finally
  • Last
  • Now
  • First
  • While
  • Eventually
  • Soon

The concluding paragraph has the same function in a narrative essay as in a narrative paragraph. It must synthesize your main idea and claim as well as provide your reflection.

  • The concluding paragraph has the same function in a narrative essay as in a narrative paragraph. It must synthesize your main idea and claim as well as provide your reflection.
  • It can:
  • Make a prediction or revelation about future actions that will happen as a result of the story
  • It can challenge the reader’s thoughts and beliefs about the main idea
  • It can tell what the writer has learned from her experiences.

Another way to look at the concluding paragraph:

  • Another way to look at the concluding paragraph:
  • Synthesizing the main idea and claim
  • Finishing Sentence “Clincher Sentence”

1. Choose details to move your essay forward and bring your experience to life for the reader by appealing to her 5 senses.

  • 1. Choose details to move your essay forward and bring your experience to life for the reader by appealing to her 5 senses.
  • 2. Choose details that are specific enough to show clearly what happened.
  • 3. Control your tenses and transitions. Remember a narrative essay shares an event from the past, so you should write in the past tense.


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