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1 Narrative Writing October 13, 2009 Toni Thompson Kim Boettcher

2 “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.”

3 The writer of good fiction has to…  Create an interesting lead that grabs the reader’s attention  Provide organization: Beginning, Middle and End  Transition between beginning, middle and end so story flows smoothly  Create a problem or conflict for main character  Strongly develop characters - dialogue may be used to enhance relationships  Create a climax or high point of the story  Conclude with a solution that wraps up the plot  Create a theme  Create a setting with sufficient background as to make it interesting and to provide a ‘world’ for the story to live in

4 The Writing Community  When the teacher is seen writing, students understand that adults also struggle and revise  Trust is built as students and teacher share their work  Relationships are built when we learn more about one another  Revision is seen as a way to better express yourself

5 Narrative Genres  Biographies  Multicultural/Diversity  Parodies  Tall Tales  Fables  Mysteries  Fairy Tales  Adventure Stories  Science Fiction  Graphic Novels/Stories

6 Narrative Leads  Typical: “It was a day at the end of June. My mom…”  Action: “I gulped my milk, pushed away from the table…”  Dialogue: “Scott! Get down here on the double!”  Reaction: “I couldn’t imagine why my father was hollering…”

7 Beginning  A strong lead that draws the reader in  Introduce your main character(s)  Create a descriptive setting  Transition into the middle: signal the problem

8 Middle  The largest part of the story  The problem is described in detail with its effect on the character(s)  Develop the plot toward the climax or high point of the story  Develop a change in the character: an acknowledgment or understanding of something  Signal the resolution of the problem

9 End  The solution of the problem  Resolution for the characters  Conclude the plot

10 Writing to show not tell…  Strategies: 4 Quadrants, SMART coaching cards  Character: actions, feelings, relationships between characters  Write about what you know or research details about your topic

11 VAMPIRE Found Poem

12 Character Development  Character development handout  Character interviews  Dialogue

13 Point of View  Usually is first person (I) or third person (he or she)  Parodies: good genre to model point of view

14 Narrative Writing  The Mysteries of Harris Burdick  Imagine a Night

15 The Writing Mini-Conference  ‘in process’ feedback  What’s working? What’s not working? Where to from here?  Prompts for conferencing and revision  Recording system for conference


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