Topic | High School Narration – using essay type questions

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  • smartypants
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    Does anyone have a list of high school essay type prompts to use for narrating literature?

    I have seen the narration suggestions on this site. Those seem more appropriate for younger students.

    I am trying to incorporate some different types of writing into my son’s narrations rather than straight retelling.

    He knows how to write the four basic types of essays (narrative, descriptive, expository, persuasive and/or argumentative).

    I want him to practice writing these different types for an actual subject we are doing rather than adding another thing to his list (a writing program or separate lessons).

    Thanks,

    Robin

    Linabean
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    smartypants
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    I’ve looked at that site before. I found it difficult to use and not all that helpful.

     

    Thanks for trying, though!

    Robin

    ***I would love to see some narrations done by high schoolers of today. I think I just need something to make sure we are moving in the right direction.

    Linabean
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    http://www.misd.net/languageart/grammarinaction/501writingprompts.pdf

    I have this downloaded and have started reading through it.  I didn’t mention it because it isn’t specific to literary analysis, but it does go through the different types of essay questions and gives several prompts, that I thought were interesting.  It also has a grading rubric.  Not sure if this will be helpful, but you never know.

    Linabean
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    Oh,  and it does give model essays for each type.

    ncmomof5
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    I came on here earlier thinking about this very topic, and lo and behold, I see that I am not the only one.  🙂  I feel like I have gotten stuck at the expository narration, and I don’t know how to lead them to write different kinds of narrations.  I know this is the expected end in a CM education (that they write different kinds of narrations in high school), but I just haven’t been able to figure out how to get from point A to point B.

    Thanks for the link to the 501 Essay Prompts.  I downloaded it, and am going to study it further.  It might be just what I need to get the ideas flowing.

    KeriJ
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    bumping this to see if anyone has any more thoughts.

    ErinD
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    For literature specifically, I like to ask open-ended questions that let me know how my kid connected with the book. So I’ll ask things like, “Was there anything particularly interesting or annoying in the book?” Or, “What is something that you learned from the book, or hadn’t ever thought about before?” Then there is always the author intent question: “Why do you think the author wrote the book?” Or, “What was the point the author was trying to make?”

    I like these types of questions better than other types of analysis because it lets me know what this particular child got out of the book, and doesn’t force them to think about the book in a certain way.

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