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Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
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Tuesday, 4 January 2011


Tuesday 4th January 2011

In the lesson we had to look on the idea on what Narrative is about. At the start of the lesson we had to look at a painting of man or a woman ( we had to choose one or the other) lying on a bed. Our teacher asked us what we thought about the painting. We had to say How and Why the man or woman was lying on the bed.
My idea was that it was a painting of a woman lying bed by being strangled to death because shes been caught by her husband of having an affair.

Our teacher gave us a task to write our own narrative. We had to do the following
  • What happened?
  • Do flow chart of the narration step by step
  • Write in How and Why the our stories lead the way it did.
  • Discussed the effect of How and Why brings the the stories

This is an example of my flow chart

At night the woman snuck out of the house (How: came out of her room, creeped down the stairs as quietly as she could.) Why: (the woman is fustrated of her husband and wants to be free.)

Her Husband looked out the window( How: the husband woke up as he heard the door slam and he peekd out the window to see where she lead of to.) Why: hes controlling over his wife and is curious of where shes running to.

The Husband followed her to where she was going (How: he rushed down the stairs very eager and desperate, took his horse and pounded down the round) Why: he really wants his wifes secrets of running off at night times.

The Husband saw enetering the palace and out came the prince (How: husband stopped and got off the horse from across the bridge) Why: trying to not be seen.

The Prince kissed her on the lips (How: kissed with a passion) Why: the love each other.

The Husband rushed back home went into their bedroom and trashed the womans belongings out of anger (How: stormed in the bedroom, ripped up her pictures, threw her clothes out the window and sobbing) Why: feeling hurt, betrayed, anger and rage.

The husband sat on the bed and waited till dawn for his wifes return (How: he slowly sat on the bed crying to himself clenched his thists together. Why:ready give her wife her punishment.

At the crack of dawn the woman walked in the room (How: looked astonished ) Why: Realised that her husband knows what shes been up to.

Her Husbad rised form the bed, punched her and strangled her to death. he left her lieng on the bed. he jumped out the window. (Why: killed her out of anger and jealousy.)

I said that the effect of How and Why gives an in depth and a better understanding of the charcters and the storyline. Also becomes more imaginitve and creative.

The next task was to Write our own Narrative

We had to write an opening paragrapth of the narrative of the painting and decide how we would tell the story. we had to think of the following.

  • Genre
  • Voice and point of view
  • Structure and the time schme (going to start at the beginning and tell in chronological order or use of flash backs/ Jumbled up time)
  • Prose style- sentence structure and length, vocabulary, dialogue, narration and description. Would you use poetic, converstaional, informal and formal.

For my opening paragrapth i used Voice and point of view. Members of our class got to read out their narratives. The rest of us had to point out what criteria the person used and discussed what was good about the narratives.

At the end of the lesson our mission was to complete a statement on what we think narrative is about. I said that a narrative can be used in different forms to tell a story and is used in everyday life.


  • 10 hand written bullet points about Alfred Tennyson

Rosie Yagien


  1. My Example:

    Pale figure sits alone in dark room writing upon a piece of paper at their desk, with graceful flicks of their pen. Angrily expressing ones distaste on the matter of marriage.

    How: writing upon a piece of paper at their desk, with graceful flicks of their pen.

    Why: Angrily expressing ones distaste on the matter of marriage.

    I'm not too sure on this.

  2. I really enjoyed this lesson, it made me think more about narrative and different points of view. I also liked the idea of how everyone perceives the same thing but in different ways

    Good Post Rosie - Very clear and therefore was easily understood


  3. Awesome blog dude.

    I can't wait to start reading the poetry.

    Esmeralda ;)

  4. Good blog Rosie.....its a very detailed picture of the things done in class.