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2.1 Verbs: Your Writing: Recounting a Recent Incident or Story
Think about a TV show you saw, a story you read, or an incident at school in the past week. Remember what happened, who did what, and why. Try to recall what was interesting or funny or exciting. On scrap paper, jot notes and freewrite about what happened in the show, story, or incident. (Click here for an introduction to freewriting.)

  1. Arrange your ideas into a short paragraph describing the events as they happened in the past. For example, your paragraph might start like this:

    In history class yesterday, I got mad. The videotape we were watching irritated me because the narrator kept trying to force his opinion down our throats. . .
  2. Now change the time of your paragraph. Tell the story as if it were happening right now. Cross out the words which place the events in the past, and replace them with words which place the events in the present. The example sentences above would look like this:

    In history class yesterday today, I got 'm getting mad . The videotape we were are watching irritated irritates me because the narrator kept keep trying to force his opinion down our throats . . .

Many of the words that you cross out and change will be verbs.

If your teacher or study group would like you to develop this exercise into a longer narrative paragraph, please revise it double-spaced on a fresh piece of paper, a word processor, or a class bulletin board.

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