IGCSE English Language: Narrative Writing
The narrative writing task, a 1 hour component of the English Language Paper 3, is particularly challenging as it requires multiple layers of depth.
Alongside careful planning, and timed practice of compositions, reading short stories is an invaluable way of improving writing style. For high-schoolers with limited time and attention span for reading long texts, follow the links below and read short stories.
Effective narrative compositions need to convey
- vivid settings
- developed characters
- literary devices
- relevant structure
When reading any kind of text, look out for how authors have subtly incorporated the above techniques to “show rather than tell” the reader , not only about the plot, but also to absorb the reader by creating the atmosphere which is most conducive to delivering their purpose.