We are working on Narrative Writing

E.Q.: How do I provide voice to my personal narrative?


WRITING PROMPTS:  Use these like practice writing tests!

Get 2 sharp pencils and some nice clean paper.  Give yourself 1 hour, and then begin.  Show me what you did for an extra credit H.W. grade

[Being Unprepared] Because you have been sick, out of town, busy at work, or working on other homework, you didn't have as much time to study for an important test as you needed. Everyone going to school has been in this situation. Think of a specific test that you took that you felt unprepared for and narrate the events. Tell your readers about the preparation that you were able to do, the reasons that you didn't get to prepare as well as you wanted, taking the test, and any significant events that happened after you took the test. Your paper should help readers understand what it felt like to be unprepared.

[Lightbulb Moment] Think of an experience when you realized that you suddenly understood an idea, a skill, or a concept you had been struggling with -- it might be something related to a class that you took or a specific athletic skill you were trying to perfect. For instance, you might think about trying to understand how to identify iambic pentameter in a poem or how to complete a Taylor Series problem in your Calculus class. Or you might consider trying to perfect your free throws and suddenly understanding how your follow-through was affecting your success. Write a narrative that tells the story of your movement toward understanding. How did you finally come to understand? What changed your perceptions and gave you a new understanding? Your paper should help readers understand how you felt to struggle with the idea or skill and then to understand.

[Childhood Event] Choose a vivid time from your childhood — You might think of the first time that you rode a school bus, of a time when you went to the principal's office, the first A you earned on a test or paper, earning money to buy something that you really wanted, and so on. Narrate the events related to the childhood memory that you've chosen so that your readers will understand why the event was important and memorable.

REMEMBER: We don't always get to pick what we write about, and we always need to be prepared for any prompt.

To Review: 

Old essential questions (you should be masters of this stuff by now) 

EQ: How can I make my narrative writing the best that it can be?

Vocabulary: characteristics, plot structure, conflict, characterization, setting, theme, point of view, sequencing, transitions

E.Q.: What different introductions can I use to help my narrative writing? 

Give a startling fact/Describe the setting/Use a sound/Begin with “dialogue”/Start with a question?/Start with ACTION!/Start with a description

EQ: What is the goal of narrative writing?

EQ: What are some uses of narrative writing? (like what are the different ways we see narrative writing?)