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Ch 15: Narrative Writing Techniques

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If you need help preparing for an upcoming exam, take a look at this informative chapter on narrative writing techniques. These informative video and text lessons are accessible on your mobile device or computer 24 hours a day, so you can be ready for test day.

Narrative Writing Techniques - Chapter Summary

This engaging chapter outlines narrative writing techniques for your review. In these video and text lessons, you'll study different types of narrative writing, narrative techniques and the definition of a narrative hook. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Define a frame narrative
  • Describe the characteristics of a narrative essay
  • Engage readers using narrative writing
  • Outline different narrative techniques
  • Explain how to sequence events and use multiple plot lines in narrative writing
  • Use sensory language and descriptive details in writing
  • Use reflection when concluding a narrative
  • Strengthen and revise your writing

We've made it easy for you to study anytime you'd like with these professionally designed and mobile-friendly learning materials. Each one of our video lessons is less than 10 minutes in length and they're easy to navigate with the video tabs feature. To help you assess your readiness for a test, take the short quiz after each lesson. Our instructors can help answer your questions if you get stuck along the way.

12 Lessons in Chapter 15: Narrative Writing Techniques
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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.

How to Engage Readers in Narrative Writing

6. How to Engage Readers in Narrative Writing

What is the most engaging story you've ever read or heard? What makes a story engaging? In this lesson, we will break down the art of narrative writing and learn how to engage our readers using different strategies and techniques.

Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Pacing, Description & Reflection

7. 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!

Multiple Plot Lines in Narrative Writing

8. Multiple Plot Lines in Narrative Writing

Writing a story requires an understanding of how the elements of the plot fit together chronologically. Some stories have multiple plot lines, which makes the process more complex. This lesson with help explain how multiple plot lines work in narratives.

Sequencing Events in Narrative Writing

9. Sequencing Events in Narrative Writing

The lesson examines types of narrative structure in fiction. We will learn about exposition, climax, denouement, and other plot elements, through examples from Lois Lowry's ''The Giver'' (1993).

How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

10. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.

Concluding Your Narrative with Reflection

11. 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.

Revising & Strengthening Narrative Writing

12. Revising & Strengthening Narrative Writing

Everybody loves a good story! Most people are natural story tellers, so narrative writing is simply a matter of getting our stories on paper. This lesson focuses on planning, writing, and revising narrative writing.

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