Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
A student is writing a narrative for English class about a girl planting a garden. Read the paragraphs from the draft of the narrative and complete the task that follows.
It was Rachel's tenth birthday, and she was very excited. Her mother had promised her that when she turned ten she could plant a garden of her own. Rachel had been planning her garden for a long time, and she knew exactlywhat she wanted. Finally getting to plant her garden was the best birthday present she could get.
Rachel and her mom went to the local garden store and bought several different kinds of seedlings. They worked hard that afternoon to bring Rachel's dream to life. Finally, they finished and Rachel stood back, gazing at their work. “It's perfect, beautiful,” she said, hugging her mother.
It wasn't too long, however, before her happiness was disturbed by a surprising event. She woke up one morning and discovered that almost all of her plants had been eaten!
Continue the narrative and include meaningful dialogue and description to tell what happens to Rachel's garden.
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