What is a narrative format regarding an introduction on a famous or historical figure?My assignment is to write a 300-500 word introduction regarding a famous or historical figure in narrative...

What is a narrative format regarding an introduction on a famous or historical figure?

My assignment is to write a 300-500 word introduction regarding a famous or historical figure in narrative format and I want to know what the teacher meant by "narrative format"

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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A narrative format is in the form of a story with "an introduction, plot, characters, setting, climax, and conclusion." What I would understand your assignment to mean would be that your teacher wants you to pick a famous or historical figure and write a history of their life. It may be written from your point of view (as if you are the famous or historical figure) or from a thrid-person point of view.

If a narrative is written from a first-person or third-person perspective, you'd use a story format. Think about telling someone about what happened over the summer--how did your plans begin? How did you prepare? What happened? How did it end? Write narratives in chronological order.

My suggestion would be for you to choose someone that you know a lot about and detail the story of their life, or a chunk of their life, from first- or third-person perspective while adhering to facts.

I hope this helps, and good luck. Below is the link to a writing site that my own students use.

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cadetteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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Sounds like your teacher wants an informal essay in a narrative form.  It's simple structure with an essay-like intent (write the intro to a historical figure), the story being a means of developing an idea rather than an end in itself. 

Some qualities of an informal, narrative essay:

  • personal element
  • humor
  • graceful style
  • rambling structure (cautionary note here..too much rambling is not a good thing
  • unconventionality or novelty (note caution above)
  • freedom from stiffness or affectation

What she's looking for is some animation--or injection--of you, like a storyteller, without compromising the assignment's intent, which is to introduce the historical figure. In other words, don't regurgitate what every other history book has...be creative!

Mark Twain, Joan Didion, James Baldwin and Susan Sontag are great examples of informal

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