We have been studying fictional narratives in class.
A fictional narrative is a made up story. Last term we wrote personal narratives, which are about real-life memories. Although our fictional narratives are generally not based on real experiences, students are able to adopt some of the same writing strategies in both forms of narrative writing.
We spent the first week of this term “immersing” ourselves in fictional narratives to investigate the key elements of a well written narrative.
We focussed on:
- The structure of a fictional narrative
- Developing ideas to form a quality narrative
- Character development
Narratives can be structured in different ways, but we identified the typical organisation of a fictional narrative:
- Beginning (introduce the main character/s, describe the setting)
- Middle – part one (complication)
- Middle – part two (series of events that occur as a result of the complication)
- Ending (complication is resolved).
We read a variety of picture story books which are good examples of narratives. These included Stellaluna by Jannel Cannon, A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco.
You can listen to these stories below.