Literature Narration Questions

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  • meesh

    I am curious about written narrations after reading a literature book, and what questions would lend themselves well to this.  My son just finished reading The Old Man and the Sea, and we have discussed the book using TTC Socratic method.  I would like for him to give me a written narration, but do not want him to just narrate the entire story.  What are good narration questions that can be used at the end of literature book?  Or is there a website or article that you can point me to?

    Karen Smith

    In a Charlotte Mason education, the youngest students give narrations that are a retelling of the plot of the story. As the students get older, other types of narrations are added, expository, descriptive, and persuasive. Our article Raising the Bar from our Narration Q & A series in our Learning Library, explains what grade levels to introduce the different types of narrations, and gives examples of questions for each type of narration.


    I would have him come up with a theme that he thinks the book contains and then defend why he thinks that theme is important to the story.  Find things that happen in the story the relate.  Find quotes about the theme.  Since you already did a Socratic discussion you probably already have some ideas about the bigger ideas but just in case, here are some ideas from shmoop:

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