The Narrative/Process Paragraph

Module Five Objectives

The purpose of this module is to teach you how to tell a story that explains what happened, when it happened, and who was involved. You will write a narrative paragraph (Writing Assignment #2), using the criteria listed below, that demonstrates the correct way to create a narrative containing a topic sentence which states the main idea of the narrative.


After instruction on how to explain the correct way to do something, tell how something happens, or how it works, you will write a process paragraph (Alternative Writing Assignment #2), using the criteria listed below that demonstrated an explanation.

You will also use your own writing and/or writing samples provided to continue identifying and correcting fragment and comma splice errors.

Another purpose of this module is to teach you present tense (subject/verb) agreement. You should achieve at least 70% on an in-class quiz on present tense (subject/verb) agreement.

Topic: Choose a topic from page 83 (for the narrative paragraph) or page 101 (for the process paragraph) of Evergreen.

The Narrative or the Process Paragraph (Writing Assignment #2) should meet the following criteria.

For the narrative paragraph, a topic sentence that clearly makes a point, one that tells what the writer wants the reader to learn from the story he or she is telling (For help on topic sentences, refer to pages 22-26 and 76.)


For the process paragraph, a topic sentence that clearly states what you, as the writer, are teaching the reader, or a topic sentence that clearly states what you are explaining (how something happens or how it works (pages 93-94.)

Criteria for Writing Assignment #2 continued….

  1. at least six supporting statements that are unified in that they are all concerned with supporting the topic sentence (pages 35-36, "Revising for Support," and pages 36-38, "Revising for Unity")
  2. coherent sentences that move smoothly from one idea to another through the use of transitions (Refer to page 78 for the narrative paragraph or page 96 for the process paragraph, and Chapter 4, "Achieving Coherence," (pages 44-64)
  3. a concluding sentence that summarizes the main point, or leaves the reader with a final thought, and provides closure to the paragraph
  4. contains no errors with fragments (pages 362-373), comma splices/run-on sentences (pages 358-362), past tense (pages 385-393), or adjective/adverbs (pages 435-442)
  5. at least one compound and one complex sentence, underlined and labeled (Refer to chart on page 353)
  6. correct spelling, punctuation, and usage
  7. Submit your paper in the required manuscript form