Ch 31: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies

About This Chapter

Learn more about narrative writing strategies as you watch this chapter's tutorial video lessons. Once you've completed your review and taken the chapter's self-assessment quizzes, you could be ready for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies - Chapter Summary

When you study the video lessons in this chapter, you'll expand your knowledge of narrative and literary techniques, such as narrative perspective, plot and style. Explore the elements of storytelling and the use of narrative hook in preparation for answering questions on the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination. Watch these educational lessons in order to:

  • Provide examples of narrative writing
  • Discuss different types of narrative writing techniques
  • Describe the importance of a narrative hook
  • Give an overview of frame narratives
  • Learn more about the components of a narrative essay
  • Study dialogue, pacing, reflection and description
  • Explore the use of transitions
  • Discover how to conclude narratives with personal reflections

Led by several seasoned instructors, each of these online video lessons can remind you of the fundamentals of narrative writing techniques. Prepare for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination with short lessons that are animated and easy to follow. You'll find navigational video tags for moving from topic to topic along with an ask-a-question feature and written lesson transcripts. The lesson quizzes are designed to test your knowledge can be re-taken and the results printed out for additional study.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies Chapter Objectives

Your ability to understand and implement narrative writing strategies will be evaluated on the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination's Modes of Writing content domain. The equivalent of 21% of the examination score, this fourth content domain consists of three sub-sections that mirror this chapter's topics but also cover other English Language Arts subjects. Computer-administered, the entire assessment is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions. You must complete the examination in three hours or less.

8 Lessons in Chapter 31: NMTA Middle Grades 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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