NARRATION (Composition)

Overpressure.--A great deal has been said lately about the danger of overpressure, of requiring too much mental work from a child of tender years. The danger exists; but lies, not in giving the child too much, but in giving him the wrong thing to do, the sort of work for which the present state of his mental development does not fit him.

“But one who tries this method on himself will find that in the act of narrating every power of his mind comes into play.

Another instruction runs, "Written composition is not to be begun until the children are in Class III. Concise orderly narrations in clear sentences must be exacted from the first." Now children have a natural talent for language: by his fourth year many a child has collected an amazingly good vocabulary, and uses his new words with a fitness which amuses his elders; children are very well able to narrate and to narrate well; and to get into the habit of telling a story, giving all the circumstances in due order, adding nothing and omitting nothing,--why, this is a liberal education in itself, quite invaluable in these days, when that of speaking well, and to the point, is of far more use to both men and women than the power of writing equally well. There is a time for all things; there is a season of natural readiness of speech in children which teachers would do well to take at the flood, and not "get them on" to write miserably ill-spelt, ill-written, ill-expressed "compositions." As a matter of fact, it would be well that a child should not know how to express himself in writing until he is fully ten years old. The real difficulty is, set a child to write a narrative and he is out of your way, you are free to attend to other matters; set him to speak his narrative, and he claims your whole attention-- now is your time to get clear enunciation, exact statements, orderly arrangement.- PR Home School

Forms V and VI. (High School)  In these Forms some definite teaching in the art of composition is advisable, but not too much, lest the young scholars be saddled with a stilted style which may encumber them for life” (CM Vol. 6, p. 193).

Narration vs. Questioning

Narration: Getting Started

Narration Progress

There is More than One Way to Narrate

Creative Narration

Poetic Narration Demystified

Detailed Narrations and the Summary

Informal Narration

Yes, There is a Time to Correct Written Narrations

Teaching Writing. Starting Late

Narration Thoughts from a High Schooler

Help! My Child Doesn't Like to Narrate

For Those Who are Struggling with Written Narration
Motivating the Reluctant Writer

Formal Composition in High School 

You Don't Need a Composition Program

How I Raised a Professional Writer Without a Composition Program