Using Narration Effectively
|Use a story to make your point.
Follow the basic body paragraph format:
topic sentence - overall point of the story
supporting evidence - the story itself
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
** 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.
** Usually, the story should be about one specific time
even if the moment reflects an event that occurred
** 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
TRY A: NARRATION PRACTICE ACTIVITY
Analysis: SAMPLE DRAFT