I am not great at creative writing, but it is something Emma is really good at. So, this year, I am actually using a formal writing curriculum that will cover all different writing styles.
Author Website Narrative and the brain My friend Beata recently pointed me to this article on reading and the brain. Louis scanned people while they read short passages. They found that different brain regions activated depending on what was in the narrative.
They watched the brains of volunteers as they read four short narrative passages. Each clause in each story was coded for the script it should theoretically trigger: For example, a particular area of the brain ramped up when readers were thinking about intent and goal-directed action, but not meaningless motion.
Motor neurons flashed when characters were grasping objects, and neurons involved in eye movement activated when characters were navigating their world.
In summary then, different parts of the brain process different facets of our conscious experience, and those same regions are active when we read stories with these facets. So what does this tell us about writing? Well, on the one hand, it doesn't tell us that much.
Anybody who's ever heard a story before could have told you that we draw on our own experiences to fill in the details of a story. Furthermore, even though this study shows us multiple brain regions are involved in reading, it doesn't tell us whether a paragraph that activates many brain regions is subjectively better than a paragraph that only activates one or two.
On the other hand, these results are kind of fun to think about. We fiction writers don't have to think of ourselves as mere storytellers anymore.
Nope, we're brain manipulators. Read the words on my page and your neurons will do my bidding. On a more practical level, we can use brain regions a a source of ideas for details to include in our narrative. Are you using all five senses?
Are your characters complex enough for the reader to infer motivations, thoughts, and feelings from their actions? Here's an interesting tidbit about motion processing.
The brain has special regions that process motion. For example, if you look at a screen of moving dots, your motion areas will activate. Interestingly though, areas that process motion of inanimate objects are distinct from the areas that process so called "biological motion".
This is still an active area of research, but one reason biological motion might be special is because we're social creatures. The movements of fellow humans are important for us, so we've evolved to be highly tuned them. We're experts at interpreting movements pointing? This is something to keep in mind.The possibilities are endless with wordless picture books!!
They encourage students to use their imagination, and to look for clues to figure out the story. They are great mentor texts for narrative writing, teaching sequencing, and even, drawing inferences!!
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We've been working hard on writing personal narratives. It's hard business. Of all the writing genres we teach in second grade (narrative, informational, and opinion), I think personal narratives are the hardest to teach, and the hardest for students to write.
5 Picture Books to Teach Narrative Writing Narrative writing is one of my favorite things to teach in third grade. I love the stories that I hear when we ask students to tell a life story, or to write about a memorable moment in their life, or to tell about a time that they learned a lesson.
There are many picture books that you can use to demonstrate narrative writing – stories in which the main character is telling a story from their perspective. This is a great place to start, because children can relate and are eager to tell a story of their own.