Narrative Essays For Esl Students
Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.Descriptive writing exposes them to some of the more subtle and beautiful aspects of the English Language.Begin with pre-teaching some of the general ideas of descriptive writing.Summary: The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes.Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the widespread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.Take it one step further by removing some of the descriptive language and asking students to use their own words to complete the passage.
Seeing descriptive language in action will help your students apply it to their own writing.Creativity in narrative essays oftentimes manifests itself in the form of authorial perspective.Much like the descriptive essay, narrative essays are effective when the language is carefully, particularly, and artfully chosen.Another key element to good descriptive writing is using all five senses. Ask your students to write a few sentences individually and give them a chance to share with the class.Most of the time, students get into the habit of describing only what can be seen. Encourage students to share as many adjectives as they can think of. Another great way to introduce the idea of descriptive writing to your students is to have them read some examples.Use specific language to evoke specific emotions and senses in the reader.Have a clear introduction that sets the tone for the remainder of the essay.When writing a narrative essay, one might think of it as telling a story.These essays are often anecdotal, experiential, and personal—allowing students to express themselves in a creative and, quite often, moving ways.These activities can be adapted for elementary-level to advanced-level students and for any age group.They can also be modified to focus on certain categories of vocabulary words.