Teaching children the steps to writing a narrative essay is as easy as writing an outline, and teaching students to do the same. The hardest thing for most students to remember is what is actually necessary and important to the paper. As soon as the outline for a proper essay is established and taught (with guidelines such as how to begin the essay, the concept of topic sentences and how to conclude the paper), young students will have no problem writing narrative essays for years to come.
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Look at the writing assignment and make sure that the student understands the project. Have the student choose a topic that fits the writing assignment. This is usually most effective if the student chooses something in which he is interested. Explain to the student that he is going to be telling a story. This may make it easier for the student to choose a topic.
Write the following section descriptors on the paper, leaving space beneath each one for notes: Introduction, Paragraph 1, Paragraph 2, Paragraph 3, Conclusion.
Have the student verbally tell the story so that she can remember the parts that are most important. Once the story has been told, help the student write notes under each of the writing descriptors on her notes page, leaving the introduction and conclusion blank for the time being. When writing the notes, be sure that each section of the story is in chronological order.
Begin writing the story in paragraph form. Have the student write the story using first-person narration (sentences told from the "I" perspective), in chronological order, beginning with the first of the string of events and separating the different parts into different paragraphs. Explain the basic rules of paragraph writing, such as keeping topics together and making certain that each paragraph is at least three sentences long.
Start writing an introduction. Have the student explain to you what about the story is most important to him, and use this information to help the student introduce the topic. Explain to the student that the introduction should draw a reader's attention to the rest of the essay.
Ask the student what she learnt from the story she is telling. Use this information to help the student close the essay in a conclusion paragraph. Explain that this portion of the paper should tie all of the other information together.
Tips and warnings
- When the writing assignment is finished, it might be best to have the student explain the process without prompting to make sure that he has learnt all of the steps to writing a narrative essay. If he cannot recite the reasoning for each step, take time to further explain that step.
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