A narrative is a text that tells a story. The story can be realistic, imagined or a mix of both.
The events in the narrative can:
- entertain: for example, a funny story will make you laugh
- make the reader feel a certain way: a story might have a happy or sad ending
- teach the reader something: for example, how to make new friends, if the story is about friendship
A fairy tale is an example of a type of narrative.
· Evaluation/Sequence of events
· Description of characters and places using a variety of methods:
o Adverbs: quickly, secretly, suddenly
o Adjectives: ugly, friendly, monstrous, grumpy, angry, picturesque
o Similes: as bright as the sun, as brave as a lion
· Words signaling time e.g. Once upon a time…, Long ago…, last week…
· Verbs showing action in the story e.g. whispered, shouted, looked, hid
· Use of descriptive words / phrases such as adjectives (the tall man…), similes (she was smiling as brightly as the sun..)
Excerpt from CINDERELLA
Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Cinderella. She lived with her step-mother and two step-sisters.
The step-mother and sisters were conceited and bad tempered. They treated Cinderella very badly. Her step-mother made Cinderella do the hardest work in the house; such as scrubbing the floor, cleaning the pots and pans and preparing food for the family. The two step-sisters, on the other hand, did not do any work about the house. Their mother gave them many handsome dresses to wear.