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Writing Narration and Description. Writer’s goal. Write about a significant event in your life Write so readers: Vividly relive the experience Learn something about you (and themselves). Key to success: Be passionate. Choose an experience from your life that still makes you: Happy Angry

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Writer s goal
Writer’s goal

  • Write about a significant event in your life

  • Write so readers:

    • Vividly relive the experience

    • Learn something about you (and themselves)


Key to success be passionate
Key to success: Be passionate

  • Choose an experience from your life that still makes you:

    • Happy

    • Angry

    • Humble

    • Afraid

    • Or some other strong emotion


Think of it as a truth
Think of it as a truth

  • We see ourselves in an earlier time, but we also see it in context of what we know today

    • We know more than what we see

    • Share that with the reader


Is there an itch you need to scratch
Is there an itch you need to scratch?

  • Start with what interests you, but ask:

    • Is there anything about this experience you want to understand better?

    • Does anything about it make you curious?


Confused uncertain
Confused? Uncertain?

  • That’s a great place to start

    • You don’t have to have it figured out before you begin


Dig deeper and ask
Dig deeper and ask:

  • Why did I do that?

  • What does it mean?

  • Why did it happen?

  • How did I really feel?

  • What do I really think about it?


Include characters
Include characters

  • Make people in your narrative come to life

    • Show their actions

    • Use their words

    • Be descriptive


Create memorable description
Create memorable description

  • Trigger senses

    • What did you see?

    • What did you hear?

  • Choose strong nouns, active verbs


Guidelines for narrative essay
Guidelines for narrative essay

  • Choose a memory important enough to share

  • Remember a time you first discovered the world was stranger, more wonderful, more complex than you had though as a child.


Focus on a moment or outcome
Focus on a moment or outcome

  • What led to this key moment?

  • How did others experience this?

  • What has time taught you?

  • What would you have changed?


Think about purpose audience
Think about purpose, audience

  • Why are you telling this story?

    • To entertain?

    • To remind?

    • To warn?

    • To challenge?

    • To persuade?

    • To encourage?


Gather materials
Gather materials

  • To remember details, use:

    • Photos

    • Home videos

    • Letters

    • Conversation


Write a first draft
Write a first draft

  • Set the stage

  • Include dialogue

  • Build the plot

  • Express your feelings

  • Use transitions

  • Select verbs carefully


Revision checklist
Revision checklist

  • Did you focus on a specific incident or event?

  • Are there details, description, dialogue?

  • Is the significance clear?

  • Does the writing sound sincere, natural?


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