Narrative Writing (Concept Wheel)
A narrative writing lecture that makes use of a concept wheel.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Narrative Writing (Concept Wheel)
Steps Chap 3
•Paragraphs must have:
•A topic sentence that communicates the writer’s main idea
and a keyword that communicates the purpose;
•Plenty of vivid, unified details.
•Narrative Writing--writing that tells a story by presenting
events in an orderly, logical sequence.
•Narratives always have a purpose—the writer has a
reason he/she wants to tell this story.
1. Topic sentence provides the main idea and the purpose
of the story
2. Unified details create a vivid picture for the reader
3. Chronological order--all events are depicted in the order
•Middle (turning point—what changed?)
4. Story is in past tense.
What are some specific examples of a narrative?
What are some specific non-examples of a narrative?
Relationship to Other Concepts:
• It is the writer’s job to make the connections between their
ideas apparent to the reader.
•Coherence—all parts of a paragraph fit together in a clear,
•Identify the major stages in your essay!
•Focus on chronological order—events are depicted
in the order they occurred.
•1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 NOT 6, 4, 1, 3, 2
•Transition words or
transition phrases are
words that that connect
the ideas in an essay.
•Transitions mark the
stages of the
For Showing Time:
• The next day…
WRITING AN OUTLINE
Writing Topic Sentences
•Your topic sentence needs to give boundaries to your essay.
• It needs to communicate your main idea (moment of
• It needs to communicate your purpose (outcome/change).
•Student Example: “On a hot, humid, May morning in 1947, I
began to suspect that there was an advantage to being a white
Topic Sentence + Key Word
Beginning—What I used to think…
• What happened, briefly? Choose your details carefully—get the most bang
for your buck!
Middle—But then this happened…
• What was your realization?
• What about you/the situation changed?
End—And now I think…
• What are the lasting effects of this experience on your life?
• What did you learn about yourself?