• Explaining Relationships

    Explaining Relationships

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Learning Objectives

  1. Develop a thesis dealing with a particular relationship, past or present.
  2. Apply organizational strategies to writing an analysis of the relationship, past or present.
  3. Apply revision strategies to determine placement of the elements of the relationship essay.

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Narratives are among the oldest and most useful tools in writing. For centuries, stories have illustrated, persuaded, taught, entertained, and explained nearly everything imaginable in both fiction and non-fiction.

The video programs for The Writer’s Circle are just one example of how stories can be used to teach and illustrate points. These stories show students applying new strategies and techniques to their writing, similar to what you are expected to do as you move forward in developing your writing skills.

As you look for ways to explain relationships in this lesson, consider the potential of stories, not only to illustrate a point, but also to serve as a model of how to organize your material around an effective beginning, middle, and end; an approach to writing that has withstood the test of time. 


  • Have you ever used a story to make a point in an essay?
  • What points should you remember when using narratives in nonfiction writing?


A person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them - they're who they've been throughout your whole relationship.

—Rainer Maria Rilke