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is...


---brief, long-winded, true or fictional
---"artless as a tale told in a locker room or artful as a novel by Henry James" (Aaron 40).
---a piece of writing that teaches, entertains, illustrates, explains, persuades, or argues, but all to tell a story
---the thesis often comes at the end...most often the last sentence of the piece
---can be used for academic purposes, placing the reader at a moment in history
---is used for logistical purposes like when explaining to the police what happened in a car accident, writing a letter to an insurance company or claim adjuster, etc.

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"Every good story has a purpose...without a purpose [narration] is bound to irritate readers, as a young child's rambling can vex an unsympathetic adult" (41).

Practicing Narration:


Prompt--Write about a moment in your childhood or adolescence that changed you or someone you know or both. Try to capture the details of the incident: where, why, and how it happened; how the participants looked and behaved; actual dialogue.
Writing: Anger Unchained

Prompt---Write about a time when you witnessed someone doing something that made you realize you needed to take action.
Writing: Baseball


Writing Memoir:


Prompt--using memory snapshots, write 3 pieces layered in description and narration that give us a glimpse of who you are. Then, weave the pieces together with poetry, song lyrics, definitions, quotes, etc. to hold the piece together finding one main component of the piece that will hold it together. Several choices for your "spider pieces" as authors _ and _ call them:
  • Name piece (research your name and detail your feelings about your name, any stories related to your name, nicknames, etc.)
  • Snapshot piece (go to one small moment in your life that stems from a photograph. Walk your reader through that moment.)
  • Boundaries piece (think about an age where you had/have distinct boundaries. Explain how these boundaries affected/affect you, if you
broke them, what this reveals about your personality, etc.)
  • Pet piece (write about a memory with your pet)
  • Emotion piece (write about a time when you were sad, lonely, estactic, afraid, etc. and bring it to life through narrative writing)
  • Place You Feel Safe piece (describe in detail giving specific visual descriptions to bring this place to life for your reader)
Writing: Boundaries in Conflict (this piece includes a boundaries, pet, and name pieces)



Aaron, J. et al. The Bedford Reader. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000.