A key component of Charlotte Mason’s method is narration. In simple terms, narration is telling back in your own words what you just read or heard. It’s a wonderful evaluation tool that requires much thinking and assimilating on the student’s part. Narration can be done in many ways; here is a list of suggestions.



  1. Compose and tape a radio show that dramatizes the events read about.
  2. Compare and contrast a practice in the account you read with a similar practice in modern society (for example, the feudal system vs. free enterprise; or infanticide in Rome vs. abortion today).
  3. Compare and contrast two or three rulers read about who lived during the same time period or in the same country. Which one would you rather live under and why?
  4. Play the part of the person you read about as he or she is being interviewed.
  5. Explain what this story tells you about the character of the person you read about.
  6. Name three things the person you read about is remembered for.
  7. Tell all you know about . . . (for example, the habits of a bluejay or the founding of Rome).
  8. Describe our . . . (for example, trip to the ocean or lighthouse experience).
  9. Tell five things you learned from what you read.
  10. Tell back the story in your own words.
  11. Ask five questions covering the material you read.
  12. (For Picture Study) Describe the picture you just saw.
  13. (For Picture Study) Which picture did you like best of all you studied? Describe it.
  14. Describe your favorite scene in the story you read.
  15. Tell what happened into a tape recorder.
  16. Tell how the scene reminds you of another story.
  17. Say three questions you would ask if you were writing a test about what you just read.
  18. Tell me anything new you learned from the passage.
  19. Tell what may happen next and why.
  20. Describe the problem and how it was solved or how it could be solved.
  21. Tell what you think this means: “. . .”
  22. Tell how you might have done things differently as a character.
  23. Compare how people did things back in those days to how we do them today.
  24. Describe any clues left by the author in previous readings pointing to the plot twist.
  25. Describe a character’s worldview. Compare it to a Christian worldview.
  26. Compare kindred spirits from this book with those who might be good friends from another book.
  27. Compare yourself to a kindred spirit of yours from this book.
  28. Tell what you have learned about history, geography, or science from this book.
  29. Describe any golden deeds from this book.