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Effective Narration. Taken from Seeing the Pattern Kathleen T. McWhorter. Narratives Make a Point. Event or series of events portrayed Writer’s thinking changes About self About world Epiphany shown Point (your thesis) directly stated implied. Narratives Present a Conflict.

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Effective narration

Effective Narration

Taken from Seeing the Pattern

Kathleen T. McWhorter

Thanks to B-T and Pomerantz


Narratives make a point
Narratives Make a Point

  • Event or series of events portrayed

  • Writer’s thinking changes

    • About self

    • About world

  • Epiphany shown

  • Point (your thesis)

    • directly stated

    • implied


Narratives present a conflict
Narratives Present a Conflict

  • Reveals a struggle, question, or problem

  • Works toward its resolution

  • Can be internal or external


Narratives create tension
Narratives Create Tension

  • Tension suspense created as the story unfolds

    • how will the conflict be resolved?

  • Climax the point just before (or as) the conflict is resolved



Narratives sequence events
Narratives Sequence Events

  • Chronologicalorder

  • Flashbackreturns to events that took place in the past

  • Flashforwardjumps ahead in time

  • Foreshadowinghints at events that will happen in the future


Narratives incorporate dialogue
Narratives Incorporate Dialogue

  • Reveals character

  • Builds tension

  • Emphasizes conflict


Dialogue should be natural
Dialogue Should be Natural

Stiff and Unrealistic

  • Eva said to her grandmother, “The stories you tell of your childhood in Mexico are very interesting. I wish I could go there with you.”

  • Eva told her grandmother, “I love the stories about Mexico when you were a kid. I wish I could go there with you.”

More Natural


Narratives are told from a point of view
Narratives Are Told from a Point of View

  • 1st I, my, me

    • Personal

    • Direct to Audience

    • Feelings and Commentary

  • 3rd  he, she, his, her, him her

    • Distance

    • Objective

    • Insights not available to protagonist


Graphic organizer for narrative essays

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Graphic Organizer for Narrative Essays


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