About This Chapter
Standard: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details and well-structured event sequences.
About This Chapter
Eighth-grade students who have mastered this standard know how to establish a narrative context and point of view to engage and maintain the reader's interest. Mastery also includes the ability to introduce the narrator and characters and develop a natural, well-reasoned sequence of events that culminate in a logical conclusion.
The concepts covered in this lesson include:
- An overview of the narrative essay, including its definition, organization and examples
- The use of narrative techniques, including description, dialogue, pacing and reflection
- The use of transitions to indicate sequence, signal shifts and relate experiences
- How descriptive details and sensory language can be used to convey action
- How to write conclusions that reinforce the narrated experiences and events.
Students demonstrate their understanding of narrative techniques by using descriptive and reflective writing, dialogue and pacing to develop characters and events. During the writing process, they are able to use transitional clauses, phrases and words to convey sequence and signal shifts between time frames or settings. Actions and events are portrayed through descriptive details, precise wording and sensory language. Essays conclude in a manner that flows from and reflects back on the narrative experience.
How to Use These Essays in Your Classroom
Narrative Essay Lesson
Watch the narrative essay lesson at the beginning of class. Provide students with a short, first-person narrative to read in class, and then identify and discuss the different elements of the essay, including character(s), setting, plot and climax. For homework, ask students to write two narrative essays about the same event, but from two different points of view, e.g., child and parent, student and teacher, two friends or a pet and its owner.
Descriptive Details and Sensory Language Lesson
As a homework assignment, students will watch the descriptive details lesson and write a paragraph about what they had for dinner using descriptive details and sensory language. Written work will be read and aloud and discussed in class.
Narrative Conclusion Lesson
View and discuss the narrative conclusion lesson in class. For homework, students will write a conclusion to a short narrative essay and share their work in class.
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. 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.
5. 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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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 8 - Writing: Standards course
- Writing Arguments: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1
- Writing Informative Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2
- Writing Development, Organization & Style: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.4
- Revising & Editing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.5
- Conducting Research: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7
- Finding & Citing Sources: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.8
- Analyze Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.9
- Writing Practice: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.10