5. Narrative Paragraph

Narrative Paragraph

Parlindungan Pardede

Universitas Kristen Indonesia


A narrative paragraph is a group of sentences that tells a story; it tells about a series of events or actions. These events are arranged in time sequence with a definite beginning, middle and end. They may be organized in a chronological order (in respect to the order in which the events happened) or by using flashbacks and retrospection.  Be they are chronologically arranged or not, the stories in narrative paragraphs are used to illustrate or demonstrate a point, i.e. to make us laugh (to entertain), or to make us understand something, or to change our attitudes (to instruct).  As a consequence, developing a strong topic sentence is important. Look at the narrative paragraph which tells about the writer’s routine below (the topic sentence is italicized).

Sunday is the most rewarding day for me because it is the only day when my family and I can do what we like together. Every Sunday morning I get up at six. My two sons I go jogging around our neighborhood. At about seven we come home and have breakfast together. At nine we go to church and come home at about twelve. After having lunch, at about two we often go to the countryside for a nice walk, or visit a relative, or go shopping. We often get home at about eight and have a small dinner. After dinner, my sons prepare the school equipments they need in the following days. Then we usually watch a film on TV and then go to bed at about ten. Before falling asleep, I often expect that the next Sunday comes soon.

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