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NYSTCE English Language Arts - Narrative and Descriptive Writing - Chapter Summary
The characteristics of narrative essays are explored throughout this chapter's educational lessons. Study prior to taking the NYSTCE English Language Arts examination. Focusing on the importance of perspective, organization, dialogue and pacing, some of the lessons provide tips for engaging an audience and making your writing more lively. In other lessons, you could review the steps for creating narrative transitions in stories and explore the fundamental elements of storytelling. You'll even cover tips for revising and editing writing. Allow this chapter to help you with:
- Defining a narrative essay
- Exploring the use of narrative techniques
- Discussing transitions in stories
- Discovering how to use precise, sensory language and descriptive details in your writing
- Describing the use of techniques such as allegory and irony to convey meaning
- Learning to skillfully conclude a narrative
The animated videos are generally less than ten minutes in length. Review the information in each of them as part of your preparation for the NYSTCE English Language Arts examination. Located underneath the timeline feature, the video tags will take you from one main point to the next. Refer to the written transcripts for additional review and to explore the main keywords, which are highlighted in bold print. When you've watched all of the lessons, take the brief multiple-choice quizzes to determine how much you recall.
NYSTCE English Language Arts - Narrative and Descriptive Writing Objectives
Consisting of 10 questions and worth about 9% of the score, the Writing Narratives section of the NYSTCE English Language Arts examination will test your understanding of narrative and descriptive writing. For example, you'll have to apply your comprehension of the use of irony and ambiguity, and display your ability to use pacing and reflection when creating a story and characters. You'll be granted a maximum of three hours and 30 minutes to complete the assessment, including 15 minutes to review tutorials. The test is computer-administered, and it's composed of 90 selected-response items and one constructed-response item.
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing
The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.
5. 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.
6. Using Literary Genres to Affect Meaning in Narratives
This lesson explores literary techniques that appear in different genres. We will look at examples from crime stories, fables, and Realist literature. Then, we will compare and contrast the effects of particular techniques.
7. 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.
8. 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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Other chapters within the NYSTCE English Language Arts (003): Practice and Study Guide course
- NYSTCE Information Resources
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary Genres
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Literary Texts Overview
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary History & Culture
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: World Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Informational Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing U.S. Documents
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Arguments
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Revising & Editing Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Research & Writing Tips
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Interpersonal Communication
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Communicating in Groups
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Evaluating & Delivering Speeches
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Persuasive Speaking
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language & Grammar
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Assessment Types & Techniques
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Instructional Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts Flashcards