Sunday, February 3, 2008


Writing that tells a story
Story Telling
l Your “story” will be an actual experience that you have had.
l You will include enough details so that readers can picture the events of your experience.
l Your story will be told in first person (I)
l Your story will be in chronological order.
l Minimum one paragraph, but feel free to write more.
Paragraph Requirements
l Typed
l 150 words
l Double spaced
l Times New Roman font (size 12)
l 1-inch margins
l Heading Required
Sample Heading
Joe Student
Instructor Ashby
English 98
January 31, 2008
The date is the date the assignment is due.
The heading is double spaced and flush with the left margin.
Prewriting for narration
You have already done a freewrite for your topic, but another prewriting activity that helps you discover more details is telling your story orally.
Oral Activity
l Choose two partners
l Tell your story to your partners, remembering everything that happened
l Include your feelings and reactions in the story.
l Each person tells story in about three minutes
l If you finish before three minutes, go back and add details
Following the stories, listeners respond
Listener Response Guide
What did you like best about the story?
Which details are the most interesting?
Are there any parts of the story that you would like to hear more about?
Are the story teller’s feeling expressed?
Is the entire sequence of events clear and easy to understand?
Organizing Freewriting
l Read through freewriting
l Determine if what you have written is the order in which it happened.
l Are some things out of their natural time order?
l If anything is out of order, underline or circle it.
l Then, you are ready to write a rough draft
Topic Sentences for Narration
l Main idea of your paragraph.
l Expresses the most important point of your paper.
l Appears at the beginning of the paragraph—often the first sentence.
l Sometimes at the end.
l Includes the experience and what is important about this experience
l Before writing a topic sentence, determine what the most important thing about your story is.
What to Emphasize in Your Topic Sentence
l Emotion—what you felt during the experience.
l Reveal details about the experience—grab readers’ attention
l Lesson learned—did you gain some insight or were you changed in some way from the experience?
Topic Sentences that Emphasize Feelings
l My first date was one of the most embarrassing experiences of my life.
l The most frightening experience I ever had was the time when I almost drown.
l I felt very proud and happy when I became an American citizen
Topic Sentences that Reveal Details
l I was so nervous about my first date that everything went wrong, from losing my wallet to falling on my face.
l As I sank below the surface of the water for the third time, I knew this was the worst (and maybe the last) experience of my life.
l My entire family watched as I took the citizenship oath, and I felt very proud and happy to become an American.
Topic Sentences that Emphasize a Lesson
l On my first date, I learned that if you’re afraid everything will go wrong, it will.
l Although almost drowning was a frightening experience, it helped me understand the meaning of the saying, “Live for the day.”
l Becoming an American citizen took a lot of hard work and determination, but it was worth the effort.

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