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Chapter 20. In Style > Four Play - Pg. 209

In Style 209 Quoth the Maven You can remember that exposition is writing that explains by this memory trick: exposition = explain. Both words start with the same three letters, exp. Most of the writing you do in school and in life will be expository. Narration: Writing That Tells a Story Scheherazade, the legendary queen of Samarkand, told her husband Schariar a story each night to keep him from killing her. By ending each story before the climax and thereby keeping his interest, Scheherazade won a delay of execution for 1,000 nights. On the 1,001st night, the king relented and granted her a pardon. Her stories include "Aladdin," "Sinbad the Sailor," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." And you thought storytelling didn't have a practical purpose! See? A good story might even save your life. Take My Word for It The Arabian Nights , also called A Thousand and One Nights, is a collection of stories, fairy tales, and fables gathered from Arabian and Indian folklore and passed down orally. Nearly 200 stories were compiled between 988 C.E. and 1011 C.E .; about 250 tales appear in standard collections today. Well-known stories include "Alad- din," "Sinbad the Sailor," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." Narration is storytelling, writing that contains plot, characters, setting, and point of view. Here are some different forms that narration can take: · · · · · · Anecdotes Autobiography Biography Novels Oral histories Short stories Argumentation: Writing That Persuades Persuasion is writing that appeals to reason, emotion, or ethics (our sense of right and wrong). Writing that appeals specifically to reason is often called argumentation. When you argue a point in writing, you analyze a subject, topic, or issue in order to persuade your readers to think or act a certain way. The Declaration of Independence is a persuasive essay; so is the letter to the editor you read this morning in the daily newspaper. Here are some other forms that persuasion can take: