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  1. Narrator and Voice Who’s Talking?

  2. 1. Narrator • Meaning – The narrator is the person telling the story. The story is told from his point of view. • Point of view is the way that you see something.

  3. 2. First-Person Narrator • The narrator is a character in the story who is experiencing the events first-hand. He refers to himself as I or me. • Usually the Protagonist of the story. • Some first-person narrators are credible, or believable. Others are unreliable, meaning they cannot be trusted.

  4. Second-Person Narrator • In this mode of narration “you” are the agent, such as in this example: you walked down the stairs.  As it is generally awkward for a story to be narrated from “your” perspective, this mode of narration is not used very often in narratives and stories.  There are some exceptions, however, and second-person perspective is the primary mode of narration for Choose Your Own Adventure books and similarly styled writings.  More frequently, directions and instructions are usually narrated from second-person perspective.  In most cases, directions will be written in short imperative sentences, where the implied subject is “you.”

  5. 3. Third-Person Omniscient • Om-ni-scient • Omniscient means all knowing • The narrator is not one of the characters. • The narrator knows and sees everything about the story and characters.

  6. 4. Third-Person-Limited Narrator • A third-person-limited narrator knows everything (like an omniscient narrator) and is not a character in the story, however, the narrator limits his focus to a single character.

  7. Third Person Objective In this mode of narration, the narrator tells a third-person’s story (he, she, him, her), but the narrator only describes characters’ behavior and dialogue.  The narrator does not reveal any character’s thoughts or feelings. (Again, readers will be able to understand characters’ thoughts and motivations based on characters’ actions and dialogue, which are narrated; however, the narrator will not explicitly reveal character’s thoughts and/or motivations in narration.)

  8. 5. Diction • Dic-tion • Meaning – Diction is the writer’s word choice. The words that an author chooses creates a certain “feel” to the story.

  9. 6. Tone • Meaning – Tone is the writer’s attitude in the story. • A story’s tone can be: • Cheerful • Scary • Sad • Angry • Humorous

  10. 7. Voice • Meaning – The writer’s overall style based on his tone and diction.

  11. LET’S PRACTICE!LET’S PRACTICE! down to ereading worksheet #1 multiple choice only.Enter your first and last name. Read the paragraph and select your answer and provide the reason.Use your notes as guide!!