PowerPoint on Narrative

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I created this PowerPoint based upon an article by Steven Figg, 'Understanding Narrative Writing: Practical Strategies to Support Teachers'. I have used it with a group of Year 7 students to help them revise Narrative for their Naplan testing.

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  • The scene can be described using descriptive language that helps the reader to visualise the setting. Choice of words is important to create the atmosphere and time of the story. Characters can be described in detail, including how they look, act, behave, feel, think etc. so the reader can again visualise the scene and people involved in the story.
  • Little Red Riding Hood sets out for Grand mother’s house - Orientation Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf - Complication The wolf leaves Little Red Riding hood and races to Grandmother’s house – Minor Resolution (Wolf left Red Riding Hood along) The wolf eats Grandmother – New Complication/Problem The wolf tricks Little Red Riding Hood – New Problem/Complication The woodcutter saves Little Red Riding Hood - Resolution Children should not talk to strangers – Moral of the story
  • PowerPoint on Narrative

    1. 1. Narrative writing Let’s revise and practice Reference: Figg. S, (2002) ‘Understanding Narrative Writing: Practical Strategies to Support Teachers’, Hartz Literacy Workshop in 2002.
    2. 2. Let’s uncover the secrets of writing great narrative.
    3. 3. What makes a good story? <ul><li>The common features of a good story </li></ul><ul><li>are: </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Complication, and </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>This is called Narrative Structure </li></ul>
    4. 4. Narrative Structure <ul><li>Orientation/Beginning: </li></ul><ul><li>This sets the scene, creating a visual picture of the setting, atmosphere and time of the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Characters are introduced and clues are set in place for the coming complication. </li></ul>Who are all these people ?
    5. 5. Narrative Structure <ul><li>Complication/Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>This is where a problem or complication occurs that affects the setting, time or characters. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Narrative Structure <ul><li>Minor Resolution: </li></ul><ul><li>This is where the problem seems to be resolved. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Narrative Structure <ul><li>Complication/New Problem </li></ul><ul><li>The problem or complication is </li></ul><ul><li>now even worse than before. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Narrative Structure <ul><li>Resolution/ Problem is solved: </li></ul><ul><li>This is where the problem is really solved </li></ul><ul><li>and the story ends. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Narrative Structure Evaluative Ending/ Moral: Often there may be a moral or a message at the end of the story. For example, in the book ‘Naughty stories for nice girls and boys’, most of the stories have a moral to them.
    10. 10. ACTIVITY – Little Red Riding Hood <ul><li>Handout - Think, Pair, Share </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. </li></ul><ul><li>Working in pairs, match parts of the story with the narrative structure, (i.e. orientation, complication, minor resolution, new complication, resolution and moral) we have just revised. </li></ul><ul><li>Share aloud with the class </li></ul>
    11. 11. Little Red Riding Hood <ul><li>Little Red Riding Hood sets out for Grand mother’s house – Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf – Complication </li></ul><ul><li>The wolf leaves Little Red Riding hood and races to Grandmother’s house – Minor Resolution (Wolf left Red Riding Hood alone) </li></ul><ul><li>The wolf eats Grandmother – New Complication/Problem </li></ul><ul><li>The wolf tricks Little Red Riding Hood – New Complication/Problem </li></ul><ul><li>The woodcutter saves Little Red Riding Hood – Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Children should not talk to strangers – Moral of the story </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Writing Process (RID) <ul><li>R Replace words, phrases and sentences with more effective </li></ul><ul><li>ones . </li></ul><ul><li>I Insert extra words, phrases </li></ul><ul><li>and sentences. </li></ul><ul><li>D Delete ineffective words, </li></ul><ul><li>phrases and sentences. </li></ul>Edit your work
    13. 13. Points of View <ul><li>Writing from different points of view can add </li></ul><ul><li>interest and detail to a story. </li></ul><ul><li>First Person </li></ul><ul><li>Second Person </li></ul><ul><li>Third Person </li></ul>
    14. 14. First Person <ul><li>Character speaks directly to the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps author to reveal thoughts and feelings in an intimate way. </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantage - reader only knows about the events of the story from only one point of view. </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. Humpty Dumpty: </li></ul><ul><li>I am sitting on top of the cold sandstone wall, gazing at the </li></ul><ul><li>horizon. I am worried I might fall off and hurt myself. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Second Person <ul><li>Not used often for narrative writing </li></ul><ul><li>Widely used by non-fiction writers </li></ul><ul><li>Written in an easy style as if talking directly to the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. Humpty Dumpty: </li></ul><ul><li>You should see him sitting there on that wall. You wonder </li></ul><ul><li>what he’s thinking about. You imagine that he may fall. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Third Person <ul><li>The writer knows everything there is to know about the characters. </li></ul><ul><li>The writer can see inside their minds. </li></ul><ul><li>The writer knows what they are thinking and feeling. </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. Humpty Dumpty: </li></ul><ul><li>Humpty Dumpty is sitting calmly on top of the sandstone </li></ul><ul><li>wall, gazing at the horizon. He wonders whether he might </li></ul><ul><li>fall off and hurt himself. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Narrative Features <ul><li>Effective narrative writing has a range of </li></ul><ul><li>language features. </li></ul><ul><li>Use of dialogue to elicit an emotional response from the reader </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptive language , including the use of devices such as simile, metaphor and imagery. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Narrative Features <ul><li>3. Effective characterisation to elicit an </li></ul><ul><li>emotional response from the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Past or present tense – being consistent </li></ul><ul><li>throughout. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Use of a variety of simple, compound and </li></ul><ul><li>complex sentences </li></ul>
    19. 19. Working in groups, create a graphic organiser to display the important aspects of Narrative. <ul><li>Include these headings: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Narrative Structure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Narrative Features </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RID </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Graphic Organiser ‘ Writing Great Narrative ’ Narrative Narrative Structure Narrative Features Orientation Use of Dialogue Complication Minor Resolution New Complication Resolution Descriptive language Effective Characterisation Past or present Tense Variety of Sentences R I D Replace Insert Delete

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