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THE NARRATIVE PAPERNarrative = telling a story.The thesis (topic) statement for a narrative paper is the event to be narrated and the assertion.Assertion- Is how you feel about the event you are narrating.EXAMPLE: I became very angry the day I saw an able-bodied woman get out of a car she had just parked in a handicapped space.TOPIC (event): the day the able-bodied woman parked in a handicapped spaceASSERTION (how writer feels about event): angryFind the topics and assertions in the following.My most frightening experience occurred on a Boy Scout hike.My family witnessed a surprising act of courage when our town flooded after the hurricane.One of my happiest moments occurred when Dad taught me how to fish.My first day as a college student was stressful.Getting my ham radio license was the high point of the year.Finding five hundred dollars did not bring me good luck.Mayor West's block watch program had an unanticipated effect on one neighborhood.SUPPORTING DETAILS (EVIDENCE)Supporting details, or evidence, often answer the following questions, known as the journalists' questions.WHO was involved? WHAT happened? WHEN did it happen? WHERE did it happen?WHY did it happen? HOW did it happen?-If the answers to some of the journalists' questions are not important to your narration, you do not have to include them.ORDER AND TRANSITIONSSupporting details (evidence) in a narrative paper is presented in chronological (time) order.Chronological Order- details (evidence) are arranged in the order that they occurred.Transitions help your reader identify the order of your details (evidence).Transitions that signal chronological order:Now, then, later, soon, suddenly, next, afterward, earlier, at the same time, meanwhile, oftenWRITING DIALOGWhen words a person spoke are important to the story, you can reproduce them.EXAMPLE: I caught up with her and said, "Excuse me, but you parked in a handicapped space."When you reproduce exact spoken or written words, you use quotation marks.When you just mention that something was said, do not use quotation marks.EXAMPLE: I yelled at her that if she considered her children handicaps, she should have her head examined.USE QUOTATION MARKS WHEN:Exact words after the statement of who spoke or wrote the words:EXAMPLE: I asked Mario, "Will you join me for lunch tomorrow?"-A comma separates the statement of who spoke from the exact words.-The first word of the exact words is capitalized.-The period or question mark is placed inside the final quotation marks.2. Exact words before the statement...

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