Narration, the act of telling back, has long been used by educators to:
- Find out how much a student knows about a subject.
- Encourage a student to interact with what he has read, rather than to read passively.
- Encourage a student to dig for information, or to learn on his own.
There are many different forms narration can take — everything from the informal burst that naturally pours forth from a child interested in his subject to a more formal oral dissertation.
Here are 30 narration ideas:
We have deliberately left them very open-ended so that they can be used in a multitude of ways for a variety of purposes.
- Tell what you have read.
- Describe a character.
- Describe the setting.
- Write a summary.
- Write a description.
- Compare and contrast.
- Ask five questions about what you have read.
- Draw an illustration.
- Create a graphic organizer.
- Make a list.
- Give an example.
- Think of another.
- Prepare an outline.
- Write a biography.
- Write a how-to essay.
- Write a similar short story.
- Evaluate (the writing, the point of view, the decisions of a main character, etc.).
- Design a brochure.
- Create a poem.
- Make a flip book.
- Develop a timeline.
- Create a poster or banner illustrating a motto.
- Make a character trading card (interactive at ReadWriteThink.org).
- Design a model.
- Make a prediction.
- Create a storyboard or cartoon (interactive at ReadWriteThink.org).
- List character traits.
- Write a book review.
Bonus (and this one is for us):
Listen. Many times, we will find a child very willing to narrate — he may even have more to say than we will have time to listen to!
You’ll find more on the benefits of narration, along with how-tos, resources, and tips in our Language Arts the Natural Way series.