Saturday, May 25, 2013

Our Fun Narrative Lesson


Language Skill      : Reading
Grade                     : Junior High School/ VIII/ semester 2

Hello students, 
How are you today? Hopefully you are happy to join our fun lesson today. In this section, I'd like you to do reading activity to gain your reading skill through narrative text. You know narrative, right? Narrative text is a text that tells a story, recounts events that have happened. It can be a fairy tale, folklore,fable etc.  Are you ready?

Before we go on, I'll show you a video of Goldilock and the Three Bears. Yeah, Goldilock and the Three Bears story retelling about the adventure of a young girl named Goldilocks. She ventures off one afternoon to take a walk, and against her better judgement she enters a forest. It is an example of narrative text. So, please enjoy it.


Do you enjoy the video students?
Well, after watching,you can answer the questions based on Goldilock and the Three Bears video. You will immediately know your score after answering the questions. So, good luck!




The questions are very easy right?How about your score? Is it great?

Now, I have another example of narrative text. It always been my favorite fairy tale created by Hans Christian Andersen, its tittle is The Princess and the Pea. Enjoy it.

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA
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Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. He would have liked very much to have a real princess.

One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.
It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! what a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.
On this the princess had to lie all night.

 In the morning she was asked how she had slept.
"Oh, very badly!" said she. "I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It's horrible!"

Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds.
Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.
So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.


I believe that you have more understanding about narrative text.
But, let me tell you a further more information about it.

Every text has its own purposes and here is the purpose of the narrative text:



 The language features of narrative text are:




Let's learn about generic structure of narrative text:


Orientation: Introduces main characters, setting and time.
The opening paragraph introduces characters of the story and it answers the questions who, when, what and where.
Complication or problem: It is about the problems which involve the main characters in the story developed.
Resolution: There needs to be a resolution of the complication. The complication may be resolved for better or worse/happily or unhappily. Sometimes there are a number of complications that have to be resolved. These add and sustain interest and suspense for the reader.
*Find more explaination about narrative text here

Let's go on to the next session. You've read about narrative and its generic structure, right? I'll show you the parts of generic structure of the Princess and the Pea story. Check it out!

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA

Orientation ---> Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. He would have liked very much to have a real princess.

Complication ---> One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.
It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! what a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.
On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she had slept.
"Oh, very badly!" said she. "I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It's horrible!"

Resolution ---> Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds.
Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.
So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.
 

Are you still remember the story of little girl named Goldilock? Now we'll have an exercise about The Generic Structure of Goldilock and The Three Bears. Are you ready?

GOLDILOCK AND THE THREE BEARS 
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1.(_____________) Once upon a time there were three bears, a Papa Bear, a Mama Bear and a Baby Bear. One day, the three bears sat down to breakfast. 
“This porridge is too hot!” said Papa Bear. 
“This porridge is too hot!” said Mama Bear. 
“This porridge is too hot!” said Baby Bear. 
“Let’s go for a walk,” said Mama Bear. “When we come back, our porridge will be just right.”

2. (_____________) Along came Goldilocks. She walked into the houses. She saw three bowls of porridge. 
“This is too hot,” said Goldilocks. 
“This is too cold, “said Goldilocks. 
“This is just right!” said Goldilocks. 
And she ate all up. She ate the Baby Bear’s porridge. Then, Goldilocks went into the living room. 
She saw three chairs. 
“This is too hard,” said Goldilocks. 
“This is too soft,” said Goldilocks. 
“This is just right!” said Goldilocks. 
Then CRASH, the chair broke.

Goldilocks felt tired. 
She went into the bedroom. She saw three beds. 
“This bed is too hard,” said Goldilocks.
“This bed is too soft,” said Goldilocks. 
“This bed is just right!” said Goldilocks. And she fell fast asleep.

3. (_____________) The three bears came home. They went into the kitchen. 
“Someone’s been eating my porridge,” said Papa Bear.
 “Someone’s been eating my porridge,” said Mama Bear. 
“Someone’s been eating my porridge,” said Baby Bear. “And they ate it all up!”

The three bears went into the living room. 
“Someone’s been sitting in my chair!” said Papa Bear. 
“Someone’s been sitting in my chair!” said Mama Bear. 
“Someone’s been sitting in my chair!” said Baby Bear. “And now it’s broken!”

The three bears went into the bedroom. 
“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed!” said Papa Bear. 
“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed!” said Mama Bear. 
“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed!” said Baby Bear. “And here she is!”
Goldilocks woke up. She saw three angry bears looking at her. Goldilocks jumped out of bed. She ran out of the house. And she never came back again.

* I owe the passage here.


6 comments:

  1. Strength :
    1. interesting video about narrative text

    2. attractive explanation (the function and language feature)

    3. it provides links to more complete explanation of the material.

    4. interactive exercise


    Weakness :
    1. In the first quiz there's a mistake with the question and answer. The question about bears' breakfast should have "porridge" as an answer just like what it's said in the video, but in the answer key the answer is milk.

    2. There's only one story for the whole activity.

    3. The quiz is good but somehow the questions are too few.

    4. On the introduction, it is said that "Yeah, Goldilock and the Three Bears is an example of narrative text". It's too sudden for the students to immediately learn about the example in the beginning without any brainstorming.

    Suggestions :
    1. it would be better if the students are given more than one text of narrative. Goldilock can be for the introduction but for the exercise, the text can be other text with same genre.

    2. it would be better if the quizzes are not only required few answers, especially the last exercise (3 answers) because it seems too easy for the students to answer the generic structure. It could be more (language features.

    3. it would be better if other kinds of narrative text (myth, fable, legends, etc) are mentioned.

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  2. Strengths:
    - It is a nice blog, full of pictures
    - Provide with good video and audio
    - The students can do the exercise directly on your blog

    Weaknesses:
    - There is only one story on your blog

    Suggestions:
    - You should add more stories, not only one.

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  3. strengths:
    - I think this is good for teaching children use cartoon video
    - This blog is attractive for children because it is colorful

    weaknesses:
    - Only one story may be not enough for teaching narrative
    - first quiz, question number 3 why the answer is milk? I thought the right one was porridge.
    - there is no written example of the text. It's better for you to give written narrative text (it can be the script of the video) because it will help the students to understand

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  4. well, this is a cute blog and it is appropriate for young learners. but unfortunately you need to provide more story and also the interactive media because it will help students to learn English

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  5. i've edited it!
    check it out guys :D

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  6. an interesting video and appearance. you have provided several story and the text also. however i think your objective is not clear enough. you should make it clear, i think. the last exercise should belongs to exercise before your final evaluation. if it is for the final evaluation, i think it is to easy. keep improve anik, thank you:*

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