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Title: Narrative Writing


1
Narrative Writing
  • Telling stories to prove
  • your points!

2
Develop Paragraphs with Stories!
  • To relate a memory or about an incident, just
    tell a story.
  • Example Writing Question
  • What was the most difficult choice that you
    have ever made? What made it so hard to decide?

Do you believe the sisters story?
3
Why Do We Write Stories?
  • The basic reasons to narrate in an essay are to
    inform and to persuade.
  • To answer what was your most difficult choice,
    you have to explain what made any selection a
    tough call.

Why will the US let China get the oil?
4
Use Assertive Topic Sentences
  • We answer a question with our main idea in a
    topic sentence
  • My most difficult choice was coming to college
    without a scholarship.
  • Yet this assertion needs further explanation to
    become reasonable.

Is the womans perfume enough?
5
Can You Prove Your Assertions?
  • Answer what makes it a tough call to go to
    college without a scholarship?
  • My parents were unwilling to pay my tuition, so
    going to college without a scholarship was a
    difficult decision.

Is it hard to go to college with or without a
scholarship?
6
We Use Pointed Topic Sentences!
  • Which sentence is more on topic?
  • 1.When I moved to a new city, I had to tell my
    old girlfriend good-bye.
  • 2.Leaving my girlfriend when I moved was my most
    difficult choice.

How focused is the lifeguard?
7
How Do We Organize in Time?
  • Does this story follow a direct time sequence,
    from first to last?
  • Moving into a dormitory at age 16 put me on my
    own. My parents were not there to tell me what
    to do. If I was late to the cafeteria, I didnt
    eat. I had to make new friends in morning
    classes and at work in the afternoon. In the
    evening, I played sports well enough to gain
    respect.

8
Three words tell time sequence
  • Moving into a dormitory at age 16 put me on my
    own. My parents were not there to tell me what
    to do. If I was late to the cafeteria, I didnt
    eat. I had to make new friends in morning
    classes and at work in the afternoon. In the
    evening, I played sports well enough to gain
    respect.
  • The words morning, afternoon, and evening suggest
    a time sequence.

Are our cell phones the future of time?
9
Can You Add Transition Words?
  • Use then, until, when, after, while
  • We played basketball ___ the dean made us go
    inside the dormitory.
  • ___ my friends and I sat around talking ___ other
    kids studied.
  • ___ the bell sounded at 10 oclock, the lights
    went off.
  • Everyone fell asleep pretty soon ___ getting into
    bed.

Is there that much difference in time?
10
Did You Add Specific Details?
  • The English professor explained the four major
    sentence errors.
  • He said that using a comma instead of a period
    can create a ___.
  • Missing a period makes a ___.
  • No s on some verbs creates a ___.
  • No subject or verb makes a __.

Is this the boys last, fatal error?
11
Can You Use Consistent Tense?
  • Keep the story in the past tense!
  • Use stopped, started, be, kept, wrote
  • In college, we listened to all kinds of lectures
    and __ lots of class notes.
  • Sometimes the professor went off topic, so we ___
    writing notes.
  • I listened while my friends in the back row ___
    telling jokes.
  • When the professor got back on topic, I ___
    taking notes again.
  • It __ not much use hoping that he would go off
    topic again.

12
Can You See What Is Off Topic?
  • Which sentence below is off the topic?
  • In Korea, the busses were very crowded.
  • Once my necktie got caught between two people on
    the bus.
  • It was dark blue and light gray.
  • I lost it when I took it off so that I could
    breathe.

What is the problem with U.S. public
transportation?
13
Can You Use Consistent Voice?
  • Inconsistent voice means changing from formal to
    casual language.
  • Changing the formality of the words in a story is
    comparable to switching from a bass to a tenor
    voice!
  • Inconsistent voice makes your story look and
    sound bad.

Based on his words, would you trust this pilot?
14
Can You Find the Inconsistency?
  • I majored in history as I am interested in the
    past.
  • To me, it is more than just names, dates, and
    events.
  • History explains human nature.
  • We see ourselves in our ancestors.
  • They did good and they messed up.

Why does the kid want to hitchhike?
15
Use Stories to Prove Your Points!
  • Certain writing questions require story answers.
  • The purpose of the story is not so much to
    entertain as to explain.
  • Through a story, for example, the writer can tell
    how a past event changed his life.

Are prescription drugs better for you or the drug
industry?
16
Can You Find the Storys Point?
  • Nasr borrowed a pot from his neighbor Ali. The
    next day he brought it back with another little
    pot inside. Nasr explained It had a
    baby."Later, Ali lent Nasr another pot, hoping
    that he would get back two. Days passed, but Nasr
    had not returned it. Ali went to demand his
    property.
  • "I am sorry," said Nasr. "I can't give you back
    your pot, since it has died."
  • "Died!" screamed Ali. How can a pot die?"
  • "Well," said Nasr. You believed me when I told
    you that your pot had had a baby."

A. There is no point. B. Dont believe anything.
C. Nasr tricked Ali.
17
Can You Find the Storys Point?
  • Nasr went to buy clothes. He tried on trousers,
    but gave them back. Then he tried a robe with the
    same price. Nasr was pleased with the robe, and
    he left the shop.
  • Before he went home, the shopkeeper ran out.
    "You didn't pay for the robe!" he shouted."But
    I gave you the pants for the robe, didn't I?"
    replied Nasr. "Yes, but you didn't pay for the
    trousers, either!" said the shopkeeper. "But I
    didn't buy the trousers," replied Nasr. "I am not
    stupid to pay for what I never bought."

A. Its a mix-up. B. Nasr stole the robe. C.
Nasr fooled the man.
18
Which ones require storytelling?
  • Describe why you need to have a college degree.
  • Tell about your favorite personal experience.
  • Explain how you plan to become a big success one
    day.
  • What is your all-time, very most memorable
    incident?

Do you agree with Chemcos story?
19
Can you see major errors?
  • In the past, when an oil spill occurs, wildlife
    perishes.
  • Imported oil is increasingly expensive that can
    inflate the price of gas even further.
  • A Polar bear that ingest much oil may very well
    die.
  • With the oil drilling come the issue of
    earthquakes.
  • There is other ways to solve the energy problem.
  • Why kill the Polar bears they never hurt us?
  • Whether their wildlife or not, lets save them.
  • Then bears would drown, they wont even have
    food.
  • As gas prices rise we really need energy
    solutions.
  • If the drilling start Arctic melting will speed
    up.

Can you find the comma splices, run-ons,
fragments, and s/v errors?
20
You can fix major errors
  • In the past when an oil spill occurred, wildlife
    perished.
  • Imported oil is increasingly expensive that can
    inflate the price of gas even further.
  • A Polar bear that ingests much oil may very well
    die.
  • With the oil drilling comes the issue of
    earthquakes.
  • There are other ways to solve the energy problem.
  • Why kill the Polar bears they never hurt us?
  • Whether theyre wildlife or not, lets save them.
  • Then bears would drown as they wont even have
    food.
  • As gas prices rise, we really need energy
    solutions.
  • If the drilling starts, Arctic melting will speed
    up.

You can find the comma splices, run-ons,
fragments, and s/v errors.
21
Can you see major errors?
  • Another thing he stand for is alternate fuel.
  • In America, color and gender does not matter.
  • Hell change us he is already making a
    difference.
  • Bill taught Hillary how the White House is ran.
  • The question is we Americans ready for Hillary?
  • What does Obama do it makes you think danger!
  • Would you vote for one who sound like a
    terrorist?
  • It was his historic night it was also one for
    voters.
  • All men are equal these words are famous ones.
  • Patience is a virtue we will see a female
    president.

Can you find the comma splices, run-ons,
fragments, and s/v errors?
22
You can fix major errors
  • Another thing he stands for is alternate fuel.
  • In America, color and gender do_ not matter.
  • Hell change us he is already making a
    difference.
  • Bill taught Hillary how the White House is run.
  • The question is are we ready for Hillary?
  • What does Obama do? It makes you think danger!
  • Will you vote for one who sounds like a
    terrorist?
  • It was a historic night it was also one for
    voters.
  • All men are equal these words are famous ones.
  • Patience is a virtue we will see a female
    president.

You can find the comma splices, run-ons,
fragments, and s/v errors.
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