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Narrative Writing. How to tell a story…. Pre-Assessment. What is the purpose of narrative writing? What are sensory details? What is dialogue? What is interior monologue? What is the best way to structure a narrative?

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narrative writing

Narrative Writing

How to tell a story…

pre assessment
  • What is the purpose of narrative writing?
  • What are sensory details?
  • What is dialogue?
  • What is interior monologue?
  • What is the best way to structure a narrative?
  • What is the difference between autobiographical, biographical, and fictional narratives?
purpose to tell a story
Purpose: To tell a story
  • It has a beginning, middle, and ending
  • Tells the order in which events take place
  • Told from a particular point of view
autobiographical narratives
Autobiographical Narratives
  • The autobiographical narrative is a story about the self.
  • Usuallythe subject is an important or key event within the writer's childhood or adolescence.
biographical narratives
Biographical Narratives
  • The biographical narrative is a story written about another person.
  • The narrative centers around an important or key event in the subject’s life.
fictional narratives
Fictional Narratives
  • A fictional narrative is an original story created by the writer.
  • Examples of these narratives are short stories, novels, myths, etc.
general characteristics
General Characteristics
  • Reveals something of importance
  • Depicts characters and setting
  • Shows, doesn’t tell
  • Presents events in a clear sequencing of events
  • Usually written in the first person, using “I.” However, third person can be used effectively.
structure a writer s framework
Structure: A Writer’s Framework
  • All narratives contain a beginning, middle, andan end.
writing beginnings
Writing Beginnings

Step 1:

  • Start with a “hook”- an interesting opener to “reel” in the reader.
  • Examples:

-an exciting moment

-an unusual statement

-a bit of dialogue

-a vivid description

beginnings con t
Beginnings Con’t.

Step 2:

  • Provide necessary background information in order to orient your readers.

Step 3:

  • Hint at the significance of the experience. Don’t give too much away.
the body
The Body
  • Organize events so that they are easy to follow
  • Include sensory details and precise, concrete language to develop plot and character(s).
  • Use a range of appropriate strategies
writing strategies
Writing Strategies
  • Figurative language: languageusing figures of speech such as hyperbole, simile, metaphor, symbolism and personification to form imagery is figurative language.
  • Dialogue: is a conversation between two or more people. It is also a literary form in which two or more parties engage in a discussion.
  • Interior Monologue: a narrative device used to allow the reader access to the character’s inner thoughts and feelings.
  • Reflect on what the experience meant to you (autobiographical) or the person (biographical).
  • End with a direct statement of significance of the incident/experience.
  • 1.      What is the purpose of narrative writing? 2.      What is sensory detail? 3.      Define dialogue.4.      Define interior monologue.5.      What is the best way to structure a narrative piece?6.      What is the best way to begin a narrative piece?7.      What is the best way to end a narrative piece?8.      What is the difference between biographical and autobiographical narratives?9.      Is narrative fiction or nonfiction?