Using Narrative Text in a Secondary Classroom

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Using Narrative Text in the Secondary Classroom Jeffrey Ford Grand Canyon University: SED-535 November 20, 2013 Using Narrative Text in the Secondary Classroom Narrative text has been used for centuries to carry on cultural ideas and moralistic teachings. With this being the case, it is no wonder that secondary classrooms still use storytelling to formulate details so they are both substantial and pertinent to a reader. The use of narrative literature in conjunction with expository text has become a way for teachers to engage their students in learning about topics in the content areas within secondary schools. This is due to the fact that individuals can understand the events of their lives and communicate them through retelling their personal experiences to others. This essay will discuss the definition of narrative literature and provide both advantages and disadvantages of the use of narrative text in a secondary classroom. There will also be an explanation of five different practices that can be used in the secondary classroom that connects narrative literature with expository text, along with, a sample graphic organizer for use with narrative text. Narrative literature can be defined as any account of connected events, experiences, or the like presented to a reader or listener in a sequence of spoken words, whether true or fictitious. In most situations, narrative literature follows a model to help with telling the story. There is usually an introduction which introduces the characters, setting, and time of the story. This provides an orientation for the reader and sets the tone of the story. In most or all narrative texts, there is a complication or problem that is presented within the story that needs to be resolved. Issues such as these within a story creates suspense and is usually what hooks a reader’s interest. The final piece to the

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