Year 7-9 Learning Continuity Packages

Session 15: Narrative Writing – What is story-telling?

For this radio session we will continue our writing session but focusing on narrative writing/ story writing.



a. Expository writing- a complete essay emphasising on paragraphing and why it is important.

Paragraphing helps with:

a. planning

b. keep writing in focus

c. reader to follow our writing

d. organisational structure- building block


This Session:

What is a story/ story-telling? In pijin or local language

Do you like to tell stories? Everyday?

Do you find it easier to tell a story OR would you rather get a paper and pen and write it down?

The truth is:

-We find story-telling the most natural thing to do- we meet we talk, some of us do it endlessly…. a lot of time we do better than radio announcers…


The question is?

Do we find story writing or story telling in written form easier than other essay types?


Our lesson

1.    define story writing

2.    Identifying a topic- verbal/ text

3.    Planning a story/ narrative writing

4.    How we write stories


Planning a narrative

Step 1.  Understanding the topic

a. read, and underline key words in the question

b. define key words

Step 2. Identify points

Step 3: Write: Find words, construct ideas in sentences, and connect ideas in sentences



Step 1. Define a Topic:

  • what story do you want to write about or tell or share?
  • sometimes stories simply asks you to describe an event you attended from the start to end
  • other times,  stories might ask you to talk about something step by step answering questions such- what, how, why, and what lessons learned

Step 2. Identify events or happenings(PLOT)/ Order of events

  • with other elements or aspects such as where(location), when( time, date, year, situation, part of the day, weather etc,)

Step 3. Organising points into paragraph

  • depends on the story you are telling and your purpose;
    • entertainment, information( a Christmas Holiday story), warning, etc- pattern in stories- facts, how, then reflections- why, what ….
    • can be done chronologically
    • step by step reflection- what did you find out, how did you find it, why is it important, what lessons learned.

Example: The most exciting trip I have taken to an island/ city/

Always have all part of paragraphs in place:

  1. Introduction: setting the scene
  2. Content paragraphs:
    • What makes it exciting? Riding in a boat for the first time? Seeing new things/ new people/ eating new food; Trip- where does it start? How the trip was facilitated – by boat, by train, by car?
    • Paragraphs organised according to time and events.
  3. Conclusion:
    • Why the trip was exciting/why you would like to do the same thing again?
    • What inspirations you have gained?
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  • This is great learning site Jessie,
    thanks indeed

  • Congratulations on this great work! Other countries in the region can learn from the Solomon Islands work here.

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