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Creative Writing  Lesson - By the Old Mill Stream  Part 2
Objective(s): By the end of this lesson the student will be able to:  demonstrate correct spelling, strong sentence structure, and standard punctuation; differentiate between narrative, descriptive, and expository types of paragraphs.

Pre-Class Assignment:   Completion of By the Old Mill Stream  Part 1
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Last lesson, (see above) you wrote a paragraph. Ask your teacher to correct it for spelling and punctuation. Now, read your paragraph out loud. Does it tell a story? The answer is probably "yes." But what if someone asked you to describe your spot by the stream? Then your paragraph would be different.

There are three basic types of paragraphs in writing: narrative, descriptive, and expository.

NARRATIVE: The narrative paragraph tells a story, just like a narrator in a play.

DESCRIPTIVE: The descriptive paragraph paints a picture. It describes a person, place, thing, or idea.

EXPOSITORY: The expository paragraph "exposes" things about a subject. It is also sometimes called an information paragraph because it gives information about a person, place, thing, or idea.

Your first By the Old Mill Stream assignment was to create a story that happened in the setting of an old mill and the stream that flowed by it. That was a narrative paragraph. You told a story.

NOW let's change things a little. Take your same paragraph and write it as a descriptive paragraph. Describe the mill. Describe the stream. Describe the trees and grass, or the fish in the stream. Describe the sky. Is it night or day? That would change whether you describe the sun or the moon and stars. Give lots of details. Have fun with it.
Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider  is a freelance writer and a teacher. She has been writing since high school and has published articles, songs, and children's work. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for Group Publishing and also writes the City Songs column for ezine.   

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