Write narratives: A - relate ideas, observations, or recollections of an event or experience, B - Provide a context to enable the reader to imagine the world of the event or experience, C - Use concrete sensory details, D - Provide insight into why the se
The ability to share or relate experiences or observations in a detailed, descriptive context with concrete sensory details so that the reader can imagine the scene and gain insight to why the event is memorable.
Have sensory experiences! Use all of the five senses and write about each after your experience. In each instance, write down as many, varied words (most likely adjectives) to describe the experience. Pay close attention to the item’s attributes – its color, size, shape, texture, intensity, etc. You could record your findings in a table like this:
a computer mouse
a car honk
a light bulb (when off!)
Remember to add these descriptive details to your writing to make it better!
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.]
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 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?