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Narration and Description Presentation. Presenters: Jonathan Veach , Brandon Vo, Jarett Anton, Danielle Drake, and Layla Brett APELAC 3, Period 1 . Definition of Narration. Tells a story about something that happened Helps us make sense of events with others

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Narration and description presentation

Narration and Description Presentation

Presenters:

Jonathan Veach, Brandon Vo, Jarett Anton, Danielle Drake, and Layla Brett

APELAC 3, Period 1


Definition of narration
Definition of Narration

  • Tells a story about something that happened

  • Helps us make sense of events with others

  • Instinctive to the ways we talk and speak


Definition of description
Definition of Description

  • Description is the use of words to depict a scene, object, person, or feeling.

  • Builds detail

  • Likely to occur in any writing situation


Reading narration
Reading Narration

  • Point of view clarified with pronoun usage and verb tense

  • Purpose influences how events are arranged:

    • Chronological sequence

    • Final event comes first, followed by explanation

    • Summarization followed by detail

    • Flashbacks


Reading description
Reading Description

  • Description uses the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch

  • Two types of description:

    -Objective description: no emotion, clearly and precisely states facts

    -Subjective description: sensory details and feelings, emotions


Analyzing narration
Analyzing Narration

  • Chronological order

  • Tense usage: “She stepped back…” (past tense)

  • Transitions in between events: after, for the next week, finally, etc.

  • Look for point of view

  • PURPOSE


Analyzing description
Analyzing Description

  • Specific concrete details

  • Figures of speech: “Air so heavy it weighs on your tongue…”

  • Point of view

  • Overall impression/ theme that the writer wants the reader to understand


Developing narration
Developing Narration

  • List events in sequence of occurrence; choose those that are important to prove your point

  • Have a thesis that has a point that is evident to readers

  • Usually start with formal introduction, structure varies based on author’s point

  • End with effect you want to leave on readers


Developing description
Developing Description

  • Choose a subject and think of details about the subject

  • Use details such as location, size, shape

  • Consider each of the five senses in describing the subject

  • Use details that will give the reader an impression of the subject


Revising and editing a narration essay
Revising and Editing a Narration Essay

  • Is the point clear?

  • Is the organization clear?

  • Use strong verbs: make and be are weak; use stronger diction to describe what is happening

  • Active voice

  • Smooth transitions

  • Check for natural and purposeful dialogue


Revising and editing a description essay
Revising and Editing a Description Essay

  • Have you created the impression you intended to create?

  • Check to make sure you have used plenty of specific details that effectively describe the subject

  • Get rid of irrelevant details – what counts is the quality and the effectiveness of details and not necessarily the number of details.


Practice with the narration essay
Practice with the Narration Essay

  • Read “The Chase” on page 72 in The Compact Reader.

  • Practice précis

  • Homework: read “Learning Race”


Practice with the description essay
Practice with the Description Essay

  • Read “Cairo Tunnel” on page 102 in The Compact Reader.

  • Practice précis

  • Homework: read “Desert Dance”


Five main points to remember about narration
Five Main Points to Remember about Narration

  • Tells a story about an event or experience

  • Arrangement of events to emphasize a point

  • Clear organization to explain point and captivate readers

  • Consistent point of view

  • Have a clear purpose and argument


Five main points to remember about description
Five Main Points to Remember about Description

  • Use of words to depict a subject

  • Can be both concrete details and facts or sensory details

  • Focuses on a subject and specific details about that subject

  • Use of the five senses to give readers an impression of the subject

  • Keep point of view and organization clear and consistent


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