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Narrative is another word for story. You have probably enjoyed hearing and reading stories from the time you were small. Now it's your turn to be the storyteller -- and you may not be sure how to begin. Author Jennifer Rozines Roy is here to help! In You Can Write a Story or Narrative, she explores different kinds of narratives, including adventure, history, folktales, and fantasy. Roy provides suggestions on setting, character, and plot development, and she even offers tips on how to get your stories published! ...
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Narrative is another word for story. You have probably enjoyed hearing and reading stories from the time you were small. Now it's your turn to be the storyteller -- and you may not be sure how to begin. Author Jennifer Rozines Roy is here to help! In You Can Write a Story or Narrative, she explores different kinds of narratives, including adventure, history, folktales, and fantasy. Roy provides suggestions on setting, character, and plot development, and she even offers tips on how to get your stories published! You Can Write a Story or Narrative can help you tell your own story -- and have fun doing it.
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This six-volume "You Can Write" series includes stand-alone titles about a variety of writing issues presented in an easy-to-read format. The titles not reviewed here include information about writing essays, business letters, speeches, and debates, and about the use of good grammar. You Can Write a Report provides a descriptive outline of report writing, including choosing a topic, researching, organizing the information, revising, and publishing. The steps are logically organized with bold headings to guide the reader. A brief section on evaluating sources includes a short paragraph about determining the reliability of Web site information. You Can Write a Story or Narrative begins with a discussion of the types of narratives and moves on to genre and character development. Conflict, theme, figurative language, and foreshadowing are covered in a separate chapter as tools for making the story more exciting. A short exploration of basic writing skills includes information on the parts of speech and sentence structure. Once a story has been written, the last chapter can be consulted for directions on writing query letters to publishers. Both titles include examples throughout to demonstrate specific writing skills, and they encourage good study habits such as research, developing outlines, proofreading, and rewriting. Although the graphic illustrations seem juvenile, the books would be used by middle through high school students. With the breadth of information covered there is little space devoted to each of the elements of writing, and therefore these titles would be best used to supplement classroom learning. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Forthe YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Enslow, 64p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 11 to 18.
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Gr 4-8-The first book attempts to make report writing enjoyable and exciting, but the presentation is anything but. Readers are bombarded with information and terminology without a breather. Roy begins by trying to drum up interest in her subject, defining the various kinds of reports and describing the writing process, the organization, and the final presentation of a paper or project. Some significant information is omitted. For example, there is no discussion of summarizing; however, quoting and paraphrasing are mentioned for note taking. "Thesis" is poorly defined. The black-and-white graphics are merely decorative and do not reinforce the text. Kids want to learn how to write a report quickly, so they can get to work. Elizabeth James and Carol Barkin's How to Write a Great School Report (Morrow, 1998) covers similar ground. Story helps children put the right words together and discern what comprises good writing by having them ask questions about their own work. For example, "What challenges do the characters face? Do they triumph?" The author discusses necessary elements of narrative writing such as point of view, conflict, and theme. She transfers a lot of pertinent information quickly and gives ideas for generating more interest in students' narratives and in their characters. Outlining, story mapping, and common grammar errors are discussed. An excellent checklist, or "wrap-up" page, helps young writers review and evaluate their work.-Kim Donius, Alfred-Almond Central School, Almond, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766020856
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: You Can Write Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

1 You Can Write a Narrative 7
2 Inside the Narrative 11
3 Making It More Interesting 20
4 Prewriting 33
5 It's Time to Write! 43
6 Share It and Publish It 51
Steps in the Narrative Writing Process 59
Glossary 60
Further Reading 62
Internet Addresses 63
Index 64
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