Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator, characters, or both; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically. Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another. Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
Armed with these categories, students can later return to do the 'K'; step for the animal chosen by their pair.
Groupwork On the Computer The teacher provides a list of four endangered animal species. Each student chooses one to learn more about, and the teacher assigns students to pairs so as to create groups that are heterogeneous as to English proficiency, and, if possible, sex.
Students then visit the World Wildlife Foundation site, which has a list of endangered species, to survey the range of animals that are currently on the 'threatened' list: Group members then compare information and generate questions in the W column on whatever else they want to know about the endangered animal.
Each member then decides which questions they are most interested in having answered. This develops a personal commitment that will guide the reading.
The teacher asks some students to share with the class what some of these questions are.
The teacher captured the files using software called Net Attache Light. This can be downloaded from the web at: Each member of the pair will search sites different from their partner's to enlarge the coverage of the research see Lesson Handout - Appendix A. Students record findings under the L column of their K-W-L sheets.
Students share their findings and answers to the self-generated questions with their partners.
Partners find another pair who are studying the same animal and the four students compare their discoveries. Teacher selects a few students to very briefly present some of their findings to the class.
Also, students share what questions are still unanswered after their research and encourage whoever might have answers to these questions to share their what they've found with the class. Individual Research on the computer Using a search engine e.
Writing Homework Using a sample narrative composition See Appendix Bthe teacher points out how information gathered during research can be integrated into elements of the narrative. Students work on the first draft of their essays using ideas gathered during their research.
Teacher may need to offer additional help to students who still have difficulty relating their research to their essays' setting, characters, and plot. Students type out their essays.
Graphics may be added.Day 1: Introduce narrative essay and begin brainstorming Day 2: Choose topic and begin writing Day 3: Finish first draft of essay Day 4: Revise and Edit - Type final draft Day 5: Finish Typing (if necessary) The goal of this essay structure is to zoom in as closely as possible on one experience/moment.
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Chinua Achebe is one of Africa's most well-known and influential contemporary writers. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, is an early narrative about the European colonization of Africa told from the point of view of the colonized people.
Narrative essay writing is the focus of a series of exercises that model for learners how to not only read a narrative, but how to also examine the techniques fiction writers use to create a setting, develop their characters, represent. Teach your students to entertain readers with narrative writing.
This lesson will help your students understand the genre, the different parts of a story, and elements such as character, setting, and conflict.