To narrate is to tell a story that explains what happened, when it happened, and
who was involved.
A news report may be a narrative telling how a man was rescued from icy
flood waters or how a brave whistle blower risked her career and perhaps her life
to expose an employer's harmful practices. When you read a bedtime story to a
child, you are reading a narrative. In a college paper on campus drug use, telling
the story of a friend who takes Ecstasy would help bring that subject to life. In an
e-mail or letter, you might entertain a friend by narrating your failed attempts to
windsurf during a seaside vacation.
We tell stories to teach a lesson, illustrate an idea, or make someone laugh,
cry, or get involved. No matter what your narrative is about, every narrative
should have a clear point: It should reveal what you want your reader to learn or
take away from the story.
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