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  • Hello class. I am going to teach you the essentials to writing a narrative essay today. Narratives are slightly different from expository essays, and I'm going to tell you the most important details!
  • Narrative essays tell a story. For this assignment, we need to review the plot diagram in order to keep your story in the correct order.
  • The plot diagram follows this order: introduction, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. In order to have the perfect narrative, you should follow these guidelines.
  • In addition, when your characters are speaking, be sure to use quotation marks. Each time a new character speaks, you will begin a new paragraph.
  • For example: "Hello" said Johnny. "Hi" responded Jane. Each new speaker will get his or her own line
  • Dialogue is one of the most important elements of a narrative! Be sure to include plenty.
  • Also, make sure to use adjectives and adverbs to spice up your writing. When writing a story, you want to make sure you describe everything to your reader. For example, you could say that "Jane hugged Bill." OR, you could say something like "Jane grabbed Bill and hugged him tightly after he gave her a beautiful bouquet of red roses for her birthday." See the difference?
  • That should be about all you need to know to write a great narrative essay. If you would like to research additional sources, please see me for a list. Happy writing!
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