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Ch 15: ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies

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Help your students use these lessons to prepare for the ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA test and improve their understanding of narrative writing, different narrative techniques and different components of narrative writing.

ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies - Chapter Summary

These lessons have been assembled to help eighth-grade students review the concept and components of narrative writing. Have your students improve their understanding of narratives with these lessons so they can be prepared for related questions on the ISTEP+ Grade 8 English Language Arts (ELA) test. In these lessons, our professional instructors can help your students improve their understanding of:

  • Types and components of narrative writings
  • Narrative techniques used in writing
  • Components and purpose of narrative hooks
  • Frame narratives and how they differ from traditional plot structures
  • Characteristics of narrative essays
  • Importance and uses of transitions in writing
  • Concluding narratives to help communicate the meaning of the work

If your students come across a topic that confuses them, let them know they can submit a question to our instructors for assistance. Once they have completed their review of the material in these lessons, ask them to complete the lesson quizzes to identify the topics they don't understand.

8 Lessons in Chapter 15: ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies
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What is Narrative Writing? - Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

1. What is Narrative Writing? - Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what makes a piece of writing a narrative. Examples are also given to illustrate the specific types of narrative writing.

Narrative Techniques in Writing: Definition, Types & Examples

2. Narrative Techniques in Writing: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine various types of narrative techniques in writing, as well as examples of the literary techniques relevant to style, plot, and perspective/point of view.

What is a Narrative Hook? - Definition & Examples

3. What is a Narrative Hook? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in understanding components of narrative hooks found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about narrative hooks, and test your understanding through a quiz.

Frame Narrative: Definition & Overview

4. Frame Narrative: Definition & Overview

Frame narratives are one of the oldest literary techniques used by writers. They put an interesting spin on traditional plot structure and serve to grab the spectators' attention by pulling them into the story.

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

5. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Pacing, Description & Reflection

6. Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Pacing, Description & Reflection

Here is a toolkit of techniques to engage your audience and keep them reading, including dialogue, pacing, description and reflection. Try some of these in your next narrative essay!

How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing

7. How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing

When you write just about any kind of paper, whether it's story writing or essay writing, use transitions to help your reader make connections and move easily through your paper. Here are some specific ways to use transitions.

Concluding Your Narrative with Reflection

8. Concluding Your Narrative with Reflection

Sometimes, after telling a story in our narrative essays, we need a little something more in the conclusion to help the reader understand our meaning. Personal reflections do this.

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