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SS2: ENGLISH - 3RD TERM

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The Story

We normally tell stories as a means of recreating human experience. In the examination, you are required to tell a story which may be real or imagined, but which illustrates a certain human saying and contains a moral lesson. Consider the following examples:

1.    Narrate to your classmates an experience you have had or heard about which illustrates the saying “You reap what you sow”

                                                                   –        WAEC, June, 1997

2.    Write a story which perfectly illustrates: “Every disappointment is a blessing”

                                                                   –        NECO, June, 2002

3.    Write a story which ends with the word “Had I known, I wouldn’t have believed him”                                     –        WAEC, June 2002

The story you tell must be credible and realistic, that is, it must portray real-life experience. Therefore, fairytales are unacceptable. The language of your story must be in the past tense since you are narrating an experience that happened in the past.

Note that in answering Questions 1 and 2 above, the experience you narrate may be one you gained personally, or some other person’s experience. However, Question 3 requires an experience you had yourself. It will be unacceptable for you to narrate somebody else’s experience.

Features of the story

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. The natural order of a narration is a simple, chronological order. However, experienced story-tellers may start the narration from the middle or from the end and thereafter move back to the beginning.

Ingredients of a good story

a)       Characters

These are the humans or non-humans who take part in the story

b)      Setting

This refers to the places and times where and when the events in the story take place. It is important for you to give brief descriptions of the setting since they help give a sense of reality and enable the reader to participate in the action.

c)       Plot

The plot is central to the story you write. It could be compared to a commercial bus that plies a busy street. Along its route, it picks up passengers and discharges them as they get to their different destinations. The bus itself comes to a final stop when it gets to the terminal point on its route. Similarly, as your story unfolds, various events occur as the characters take certain actions. Related events are carefully knit together so that they lead to the climax of the story.

d)      Dialogue

This is the directly quoted speech of two or more persons talking together. It is often better to allow your characters to speak directly than to report what they said. Dialogue adds a measure of freshness to your story, which the reported speech lacks.

e)       Suspense

When you read a well-written story, your interest in the story is sustained till the end. How does the writer ensure this? He knows that the reader is interested in finding out how the story ended, that is, how issues and actions were resolved. The writer knows that once the reader finds this out, he would lose interest in the rest of the story. The writer therefore ensures that you do not find out how the story ended until you get to the end of the story. He carefully manages the narration so that you are kept wondering, in suspense, how the story would end.

Individual Activity

Write a story which ends with the words: “Had I known, I wouldn’t have believed him.”

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