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Composing Various Types of Narratives – Writing

Composing Various Types of Narratives – Writing – At the end of the lesson you are expected to be able to compose a narrative text with the use of expressions of suggestion, request, and instruction.

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(Note: This topic is in sequence with topic “Understanding Fairy tales”)

To recall, a narrative refers to a text that is presented chronologically, aimed at entertaining the readers, and mostly using tenses for past events. In this session we are focusing on how to make a good narrative text.

Writing a narrative means sharing stories. You do not need the ability to write a good essay or mastering all the writing styles. Though it will be better if you are at that level-to help organizing your writing, the most important is how you provide them with an entertaining or informative reading.

In order to successfully write a narrative text you must understand the generic structure and the features of narrative first. Then, tell the purpose of why you are sharing the story, the context you want to establish in your story such, and the organization such as the framing, chronological order or timeline, and your writing style. When passing these stages, you are ready to make a good narrative text.

Here are some steps to follow, and the story of The Fairy Kingdom is to be the example.

  1. First, choose an appropriate topic. It refers to the reasons what you want to share to your readers and why. Choosing topic means considering the purpose of writing, whether you want to simply entertain your readers or you want to somehow ‘teach’ them-so your readers could learn a lesson or gain insights from your text. The purpose of The Fairy Kingdom story is to entertain the readers and to teach the expressions of suggestion, request, and instruction. Look, the expressions used all over the story contained the purposed intention about suggestion, request, and instruction.
  2. Second, manage the frame and outline. A good narrative story is fairly contained and concise, so you need to first make a frame that bound the characters, point of view, setting, and plot. Be careful when making the plot and storyline; you are not making a novel, so make it concise but compact and not too broad. Try to make the story outline in chronological order, and limit the characters to the ones that are important enough to be the protagonist, antagonist, and not too many supporting characters. Take a look at the story of The Fairy Kingdom. The story is set only to the king, queen, princess, and the guest character, with the setting in the kingdom and presented in a certain plot.
  3. Third, provide your draft with vibrant details. Use particular images and concrete language so your readers ease to visualize what is happening in the story. Those make your story seem clearer and more real to you readers. You could put some pictures to the story of The Fairy Kingdom so your readers could guess about the story.
    Lastly, develop your draft, and be consistent.

Do you understand?

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  • Writing a narrative text means sharing your story.
  • The purpose of writing a narrative text could purely to entertain the readers and also to provide, implicitely, lesson on insights to the readers.
  • The important point to remember when making a narrative text is the concise frame with vibrant details.
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