4th Grade - Narrative Presentations

Oral Presentations
Narrative presentations
Make narrative presentations: relate ideas, observations, or recollections about an event or experience, provide a context that enables the listener to imagine the circumstances of the event or experience, provide insight into why the selected event or ex
The ability to share or relate experiences or observations in a detailed, descriptive context with concrete sensory details so that the audience/ listener(s) can imagine the scene and gain insight to why the event is memorable.

Sample Problems


What is a narrative? (a story, tale, account, description, etc.)


What does relate mean? (connect, tell, narrate, associate, interact, etc.)


What are recollections? (remembrances, memories, memoirs, reminiscences, etc.)


What is context? (background, circumstance, situation, etc.)


What is insight? (perception, understanding, awareness, intuition, etc.)

Learning Tips


Delivery of information in presentations is an important factor for effectiveness. Practice each of these things independently, and then apply them in a test-run presentation to a group of people close to you.

  • make eye contact

  • project your voice

  • emphasize important words

  • keep good posture

  • smile and make facial expressions (you can look in a mirror to practice)

  • write keywords on 3x5 index cards to refer to, if needed


Why do we remember things? What makes them memorable? Usually extreme situations or extensive details help us remember things better. Also, making connections to memories or breaking memories down into smaller parts to easily connect to helps our brains to remember. Practice the act of taking a recent memory and breaking it down into parts so it is easier to remember the details. You can use a tree map or other graphic organizer to help you sort your ideas.


A detailed, clear context in writing is essential in order to connect with your reader or audience. Several forms of writing for different purposes are listed in the top row. What contexts could each of these writing forms occur in, if you could decide? Write them in the bottom row. [Possible answers shown for demonstration purposes.]






Report Research

a specific person, place, or event

how to do something

a personal experience

to portray an opinion or point of view

to fix a problem

about a very specific topic

dad’s 40th birthday

how to brush your teeth

the first time riding a bike

a political debate

picking up trash at school

the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina


Narratives can be fictional or factual. How can you tell the difference? Fictional narratives can be fantasies, taking place in imaginary places and/ or with imaginary characters. Factual narratives can be a letter, a recipe, or a how-to text. Make a list of all of the narratives you have heard, read, and written that fit in these categories.


We really have more in common with others than we know. Making connections or establishing relationships based on commonalities can be a great feeling. Talk to people you know well and others that you don’t know as well. Start conversation by sharing an experience you think they might be able to relate to – how many connections can you make?

Extra Help Problems


In what ways will noticing details make a story better? (they can make it more interesting)


Why do you think it is important to notice details? (to make writing better; to make us more observant)


What does memorable mean? (unforgettable, remarkable, outstanding, significant, etc.)


What are ideas? (thoughts, dreams, beliefs, etc.)


What are observations? (comments, explanations, interpretations, etc.)


What is an event? (a happening, an occurrence, etc.)


What is an experience? (contact or encounter that can bring knowledge; a feeling)


What are similarities between events and experiences? (they can both be happenings)


What are differences between events and experiences? (events are usually something seen and often planned while experiences can be unseen and unplanned)


What are circumstances? (the situation, conditions, etc. – similar to context)


What is “reading” the audience? (to look at and evaluate or understand the meaning behind their facial expressions)


Why is it important to “read” the audience? (to know whether to go faster or slower, to elaborate or summarize, etc.)


When is the bulk of a presentation done? (in preparation before the presentation is actually presented)


What are the parts of a presentation before, during, and after the actual act of presenting? (the topic to communicate, the context or circumstances (formal, informal), options for delivery, anticipated questions and/or responses, and what to consider next)


What is “show and tell”? (the act of verbally describing and explaining something while giving a visual representation as well – pictures, diagrams, tables, realia, etc.)


What are five speaking steps to follow? (Brainstorm, Establish, Share, Check, Judge)


What do you do in the brainstorming step? (think about the message)


What do you do in the establishing step? (form the message)


What do you do in the sharing step? (present the message)


What do you do in the checking step? (assess the reactions to the message)


What do you do in the judging step? (evaluate your own delivery of the message – this is your own opinion, not others’)


What does it mean to speak fluently? (to speak with the appropriate ease and speed/pace, smoothly)


What does it mean to be accurate? (very few or no errors, or mistakes, while speaking)


What is intonation? (the proper pitch and loud, clear voice for all to hear)


What is expression (when speaking)? (enthusiastic demonstration of emotions, thoughts, and feelings through facial expressions, gestures, emphasis of the voice, etc.)

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