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Action, Narrative, and Dialogue. Narrative Strategies. What’s the difference?. ACTION: Stuff happens NARRATIVE: The author “narrates” the story DIALOGUE: The characters say stuff. Action, Narrative, or Dialogue?. Chelsea grabbed her hat and took off running after the bus.

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Action narrative and dialogue

Action, Narrative, and Dialogue

Narrative Strategies


What s the difference
What’s the difference?

  • ACTION: Stuff happens

  • NARRATIVE: The author “narrates” the story

  • DIALOGUE: The characters say stuff


Action narrative or dialogue
Action, Narrative, or Dialogue?

  • Chelsea grabbed her hat and took off running after the bus.


Action narrative or dialogue1
Action, Narrative, or Dialogue?

  • Chelsea grabbed her hat and took off running after the bus.

    ACTION


Action narrative or dialogue2
Action, Narrative, or Dialogue?

  • The family had lived in the little brick house for over twenty years.


Action narrative or dialogue3
Action, Narrative, or Dialogue?

  • The family had lived in the little brick house for over twenty years.

    NARRATIVE


Action narrative or dialogue4
Action, Narrative, or Dialogue?

  • “Get away from me, you imbecile!”


Action narrative or dialogue5
Action, Narrative, or Dialogue?

  • “Get away from me, you imbecile!”

    DIALOGUE


Time to practice
Time to Practice

  • You will need a yellow, pink, and green highlighter.

  • Work with a partner to highlight the excerpt.

  • Narrative

  • Action

  • Dialogue


Debriefing
Debriefing

  • Of the three, which is the easiest to pick out?

  • How would you describe the difference between narrative and action?

  • Do you prefer reading stories with more dialogue, narrative, or action?

  • Which strategy are you most likely to use in your writing?


Apply
Apply

  • Individually, choose one page of your own narrative to highlight.

  • Narrative: Yellow

  • Action: Pink

  • Dialogue: Green


Assess
Assess

  • Which strategy do you use the most?

  • Which strategy might you add?


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