2 WHAT IS A NARRATIVE PARAGRAPH? Narratives tell stories. Everyone has read stories, watched them on television or heard them from other people. A narrative paragraph tells a short story or describes an event.In other words, it is a story about a personal memory.It’s about a time so important that you don’t ever want to forget.
3 What Would Make a Good Narrative and What Wouldn’t? Good ChoiceA house fireA car accidentA deathGetting lostA scary timeBad ChoiceGetting out of bedEating dinnerMeeting your friend
4 A Personal Narrative is... a story that really happened ( a true story).a story that happened to or observed by the writer.a story that makes the reader think or feel the same as the writer felt at that timea story that shows strong feelings.It presents the events in a clear order, usually according to when it happened.a story that is written in the first person. Use these words:I, me, my, us, we
5 Common time transitions BeforeAfterDuringFirstNextSecondThenFinallywhileLaterAt lastLastEventuallyMeanwhileSinceNowSoonwhen
7 Writing a Narrative Paragraph A narrative paragraph has 3 parts:The topic sentence – introduces the experienceThe body sentences – share details that re-create the experienceThe concluding sentence – reflects on the experience
8 A UFO SightingI never believed in aliens before one night last year. It was a cold, dark winter evening, and I was walking home from a friend’s house. I stopped to tie my shoe. When I looked up again, I saw a round object coming toward me. It was very large and shiny. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Before I could shout or run, the object suddenly moved and then disappeared. After the object disappeared, I ran all the way home and called my best friend. When she picked up the phone, I couldn’t say anything. I knew she would think I was crazy. I never told anyone about my UFO sighting.
9 Ask yourself questions: When was an important time in my life?What has happened in my experience that I would enjoy writing about?Is there an event in my life that other people would enjoy hearing about?How did I feel about a particular experience?Who was involved?Why do I remember this event so strongly?What effect did it have on me?Did anything change because of this experience?What interesting experiences do I know of that happened to other people?
10 A Fright in the forest A Strange Day in Class: I grew up in a small town in the countryside. Near my house was a large forest, and my parents told me not to play there. One day, I was playing in the forest with some of my school friends. Suddenly I felt very cold and scared …………………………………………… After that day, I never went back to the forest.A Strange Day in Class:I have been studying English for a few years and I really enjoy the classes. One day something unusual happened in class. The teacher was explaining grammar when I saw something strange…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. I heard everyone laughing. I woke up and realized it was a dream.
11 2. Write about an event when you were proud of someone in your family. 1. Write about a recent experience or incident you witnessed that left a strong impression on you.2. Write about an event when you were proud of someone in your family.3. Think of a time when you had to do something against your wishes.Or 4. Think of a memorable experience you have had – it could be frightening or amusing.