Using Narration Effectively
Narration
Use a story to make your point.

the basic body paragraph format: Narration
topic sentence - overall point of the story

supporting evidence - the story itself (major details: What happened?
major steps in the story/minor details = further description/further
explanation of each step in the story)

concluding sentence - wraps up the paragraph/ reminds readers of the
overall point of the story

An extended narration may include multiple body paragraphs
.

SAMPLE NARRATION PARAGRAPH
presented effectively:

** use "the slowing down time" strategy

** The story should make a specific point.

** The story should be of a manageable length.  (
Often, a five
minute moment will work well, so try to pick the exact "moment" that will
best make your point.)

** The story should incorporate description to "show," not
just tell, readers your story.

** The story features uses of
narrative transitions and other
suitable
transitions possibly including  place and time

** Usually, the story should be about one specific time even
if the moment reflects an event that occurred many times.

** Depending on your purpose and audience, the story may
come from memory, observation, interview, and/or other
outside sources (i.e. news story on television).  
Reminder: If the
story is from an outside source, you must credit that source appropriately to
avoid plagiarism.

** Hypothetical / "What if" Stories:
These stories usually must be believable in order to be effective.  
Usually, this type of story will reflect an event that could and / or may
have already happen.  Hypothetical examples are used sometimes in
argumentative-persuasive essays and sample case studies.

Narration Paragraphs -
** Make a point
** Provide a specific story to show,
explain, or prove a point
** Use enough descriptive details to get the writer’s
point across.

Narration Essays -
** Propose a thesis statement.
** Provide a specific story through multiple body
paragraphs to prove the point.
** Differ from novels and other forms of narration.
** Use narration, combined with enough descriptive
details of the story, to show, explain, and/or prove the
thesis statement appropriately.

Essays, Incorporating Narration -
** Propose a thesis statement.
** Provide a specific story to show, explain, and/or help
prove the overall thesis statement.
** Use a combination of narration and other rhetorical
strategies (i.e. exemplification, description, comparison and
contrast) to show, explain, and/or prove the thesis statement.

An extended narration may include multiple body paragraphs.  

TRY A: NARRATION PRACTICE ACTIVITY

Analysis: VERY ROUGH DRAFT
(Strengths?/Weaknesses?)