B. Narrative Essays

(Notes by Huifang Peng)
# required knowledge: 1. Narrative Paragraphs 2. What is an essay?
1. important story elements: setting, theme, mood, characters, plot
2. typical organization and elements of a narrative essay (telling a story):
a. Introduction / The Introductory Paragraph:  
1) the hook: attracting the reader's attention and helping set the stage
2) background information: providing background information about the people, place, and time  
3) the thesis statement: In a narrative paragraph, the thesis usually does not tell the reader what happens. Rather, it prepares the reader for the action that follows. 
b. Body Paragraphs: 
1) describing what happened in the story
2) including details that bring the story to life 
3) often using chronological order to narrate and explain the event   
c. Conclusion / The Concluding Paragraph: 
1) describing the outcome of the event
2) A narrative paragraph often ends with a comment about the event's importance in the writer's life. The comment often delivers a moral lesson that the character learned, or make a prediction or a revelation about what will happen as a result of the event(s) in the story.  
References: (simplified)
Effective Academic Writing 2: p. 58
Great Writing 4: Unit 2

Narrative Essay
by Catherine Weiser
source: Cathi Weiser    2009-05-20

Narrative Writing (A review of narrative writing from start to finish)
source: mrswood2003  2011-01-03

Narrative Essay 
source: Kaisy Wilkerson-Mills     2012-09-17

How to Write a Narrative Essay
source: Eric Odegaard    2011-02-10

source: ptionlinedivision
Plot Structure for Narrative Essay    2011-04-27
Narrative Essay Example 2011-05-02

Basic Level Composition Writing - Narrative Essay Demo Video
source: tuittor .com     2013-01-25

Adora teaching--personal narrative
source: adorasvitak    2010-03-24

Writing Hooks for Narrative Essays
source: HamlinOnlineEdu     2012-12-11

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