English 10: Literary Journeys

Expressive Narrative Styling

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Creating immersive worlds in the stories we write is an important part of hooking your readers into your story or essay. We are working on learning how to craft an interesting, effective, and expressive personal essay and practiced with an excerpt from a graphic novel. You each had 3 different scenarios and wrote a story about that scenario.

Today, we also listened to and read a humorous personal essay by David Sedaris.

Here is the podcast of This American Life where it was performed live.

If there is way to show the reader an emotion, a conflict, an action, a reaction, SHOW it. Describe it, paint the picture for the reader. Don’t just tell us that the main character is mad, SHOW us. Here are some aspects of story that you might want to consider when revising your own:

  • Setting
  • Physicality
  • Inner Emotion
  • Senses (Touch, Smell, Hear, Taste)
  • Metaphors
  • Annecdotes
  • Flashbacks
  • Dialogue
  • Opinion
  • Conflict (Internal, External)
  • Climax
  • Resolution
  • Lesson/Reflection

Read your story out loud to someone. Does it hold their attention and leave them wanting more? Give it a try and see how you can add/rewrite/improve your narratives.

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This article was written on 28 Mar 2013, and is filled under Enrichment Reading, Homework Assignments, In Class.

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