Narrative writing tells the story of an event. For this genre, students will write a non-fiction narrative in which they express the story of an event that impacted their life. For example, a coming-of-age situation (bildungsroman) in which the writer saw things through the eyes of a child but after the event, the writers viewpoint changed. The tone of this writing may be serious or humorous. For example, a humorous tone and story may be the time you discovered that your dad was actually playing the part of Santa, whom you sadly discovered really didnt exist. Reflecting a serious tone, the author Amy Tan (Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen Gods Wife) relates a non-fiction narrative when she first came to grips with the true motives of her somewhat controlling mother, rather than viewing or casting judgment on her mother through the perspective and understanding of a child.
Criteria for this writing assignment:
Write about an event that impacted your life including the conflict and resolution of your narrative.
Using the first person point of view, develop the story line.
In effective narratives, there is a five point development:
o 1) Exposition / Prologue -This provides background and sets the stage for your narrative.
o 2) Rising Action -This develops the conflict of the narrative.
o 3) Climax or Turning Point-This is the highest point of intensity in your narrative.
o 4) Falling Action-This recounts events that happen after the climax of your narrative.
o 5. Resolution -This is different than a conclusion since it conveys how the conflict of the narrative was resolved. For the development of this paper, utilize the five points of narrative writing.
In addition to the five point development of your narrative, utilize key literary elements for communicating your narrative such as plot, setting, theme, and dynamic characterization (for definitions of these terms, click \”help files\” on the upper right of this module page).
The challenging element of writing a narrative is how to convey in a clear manner the main characters actions without merely listing a sequencing of facts. The characters actions should speak and show the underlying feelings and emotions of the situation.
As you work on the assignment, please review the note on plagiarism if you have any questions as to what you may or may not use from the presented materials and/or outside sources in your paper.