Roanoke Narrative Writing
-write narratives to develop imagined experiences using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. (W5.3)
-orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. (W5.3a)
-use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations. (W5.3b)
-use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events. (W5.3c)
-use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely. (5.3d)
-provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events. (W5.3e)
What is historical fiction?
What is realistic fiction?
For this assignment you need to write a historical fiction narrative about the Roanoke settlers. Historical fiction means that it has some real historical people, places and events with some made-up characters, and events. Narrative means that it tells a story.
Pretend you are a settler in the first American's settlement, Roanoke Island. Research the Roanoke Island Colony to learn all the facts about it and all the different theories of what might have happened to its settlers.
- Why is it called. "The Lost Colony"?
- What kinds of things did these first settlers do, see and eat?
- How did they talk?
- What were the challenges of settling a new territory?
- What happened to them?
How your essay will be scored:
1. Narrative focus--how well you maintain your focus, and establish a setting, narrator and or characters
2. Organization – how well the events logically flow from beginning to end using effective transitions and how well you stay on topic throughout the essay.
3. Elaboration of narrative – how well you elaborate with details, dialogue, and description to advance the story or illustrate the experience
4. Language and Vocabulary – how well you effectively express experiences or events using sensory, concrete, and figurative language that is appropriate for your purpose
5. Conventions – how well you follow the rules of usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.