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  1. 1. Narrative Can you tell a story?
  2. 2. Recipe for a narrative <ul><li>The plot is the main ingredient in any story. It refers to all the events that move a story along from start to finish. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A plot has 5 basic parts: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>introduction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>rising action </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>climax </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>falling action </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>resolution </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. 1. Introduction <ul><li>The beginning part of the story. It introduces readers to the main characters and explains when and where the story takes place (setting). </li></ul>
  4. 5. 2. Rising Action <ul><li>The main part of the story during which the main character strives to overcome a problem. (Conflict) </li></ul>
  5. 6. 3. Climax <ul><li>The most intense and exciting point of a story. It makes clear the outcome of events (tells us how the conflict is resolved). </li></ul>
  6. 7. 4.Falling Action <ul><li>Tells the reader what the main character does after the climax. It signals to the reader that the story is coming to an end. </li></ul><ul><li>This part of the story sometimes reveals the main character’s feelings about what has happened. </li></ul>
  7. 8. 5. Resolution <ul><li>Brings the story to a natural, thought-provoking, or surprising end. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Many narratives have the following two features: <ul><li>They are usually written in chronological sequence. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The events or series of events are described in the order in which they happen. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>They contain vivid details. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writers want the events they are describing to seem real, so they include details to let you “see” what is happening. Details should also describe the setting and the characters. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>* Characters in a narrative often speak using dialogue. </li></ul>
  9. 10. To summarize, the narrative: <ul><li>is told from a particular point of view </li></ul><ul><li>makes and supports a point </li></ul><ul><li>is filled with precise detail </li></ul><ul><li>uses vivid verbs and modifiers </li></ul><ul><li>uses conflict and sequence as does any story </li></ul><ul><li>may use dialogue </li></ul>
  10. 11. Activity: Now you can write a narrative! <ul><li>Write a one paragraph narrative about one of the following topics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first day of high school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The scariest moment of your life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember to include all of the elements of a narrative. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rough Copy Due: Wed, February 13 th </li></ul>
  11. 12. Read the beginning of this story: <ul><li>It was a hot summer day. My dad and I were getting ready to go out for a ride on the boat with my friend Katie and the dog. That’s when the phone call came, the call that made that bright, beautiful day a cold, dark, gloomy one. I had just put on my suit, shorts, and tank top, and packed my bag with sunscreen and everything else I would need for the day. I ran into my parents’ room to find Dad. When I saw him on the phone, he was crying. I’d never seen my dad cry before. My heart sank. I knew exactly what had happened. </li></ul><ul><li>What happens next? Write the next paragraph which should identify the conflict, the rising action, and the climax. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Swap paragraphs <ul><li>Have the writer read their paragraph, then you will write the falling action and the resolution in the third paragraph. </li></ul>