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Narrative Writing

Unread postby FastN » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:52 pm

How can I teach three-point Thesis Statement in a narrative essay to undergraduate students?

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Re: Narrative Writing

Unread postby Zsarmad » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:37 am

1. Spend time helping students to dissect writing prompts, showing different forms and examples.
2. Teach the key Writing Direction Words most often used in writing prompts.
3. Teach students to “borrow” as many of the words as possible from the writing prompt and include these in the thesis statement. Doing this assures the writer and reader that the essay is directly responding to the writing prompt. Additionally, using the same words flatters the writer of the prompt. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
4. Practice thesis turn-around in which you provide writing prompts in the form of questions that students must convert into declarative thesis statements.
5. Teach and have students practice a variety of introduction strategies to use for both informational and persuasive essays.
6. Teach transition words and help students practice these throughout the introductory paragraph.
7. Help students re-word their thesis statements, using different grammatical sentence openers, for their thesis re-statements at the beginning of conclusion paragraphs.
8. Constantly remind students that a thesis statement is part of exposition–not the narrative form. No “hooks” or “leads” as part of thesis statements.

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Re: Narrative Writing

Unread postby Karin » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:42 am

The main idea of narrative writing is the key concept being expressed. Teach students the difference between formal writing and Informal writing. A thesis statement is a one- or two-sentence condensation of your argument or analysis that will follow in your writing. The thesis statement is our narrowing of our overall main idea. The difference between formal and informal essays depends up on the way of writing. The way we write in academic and scientific settings differs greatly from the way we write to a friend or close one. This same happens when we write formal and informal writing.

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