Time4Writing Teaches Narrative Essay Writing
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Elementary school students love to talk about themselves--it's their favorite subject. Have them "write what they know" while making a game out of it. Talk about the structure of a narrative essay and then ask each student to write a narrative describing a typical day. Tell them to include many details, but do not write in anyone's names--their own, a brother or sister, best friend--because the class is going to try to guess who wrote each narrative. The more detail they provide, the more likely the class will be able to guess the narrative's author. Once all students have finished their narratives, collect them, shuffle them and pass them back out. Each student will now read a narrative (not his own) and the class will guess who wrote it, based on the detail and the events in that student's typical day. The class must listen to the entire essay before guessing, and when the correct author's name is voiced, that student should stand up. This game works well during the second half of the school year, after the students have gotten to know each other well. They'll love learning new things about their friends while they are learning to write a detailed narrative.
Deciding on a purpose
Even description for description's sake should have a purpose. Is there an important overall impression you wish to convey? A central theme or general point? This is your thesis; organize your essay around it. For example, you might describe your car as your home away from home, full of snack foods, changes of clothing, old issues of the Chico News & Review , textbooks, and your favorite music. Or, you might describe your car as an immaculate, beautiful, pampered woman on whom you lavish attention and money. Just don't describe your car in cold, clinical detail, front to back (or bottom to top, or inside to outside) without having in mind the purpose, the overall impression you want to create. To achieve this impression, you should not necessarily include all details; use only those that suit your purpose.