Choose one story idea you’d like to develop into a Narrative Essay. Refresh your memory about the writing process for an essay, and understand the components of a Narrative. Look through the PowerPoint slides provided
- The introduction of your narrative essay should attract the reader’s interest
- The introductory paragraph should include a clear thesis sentence that states the central idea and reveals your attitude about the subject of the essay. (Please remember that in a narrative a thesis will describe the significance of the event for you.) An example of a thesis might be:
- My first roller coaster ride was more than just fun; it taught me that taking risks is definitely more fun than playing it safe!
- Taking out the trash at my job one day convinced me that I needed to continue my studies if I ever wanted a job in the front office!
- Keep in mind also that you should look to the proper placement of the thesis sentence. It is usually found as the last sentence in the introduction for the most impact. If you have planned your essay well and done enough pre-writing, you should know exactly where your essay is heading. Sometimes, though, as we write, we realize that our focus may have shifted and the point of your essay may be something you did not intend originally! That is ok, too. Just be sure to go back to the introduction and revise that thesis sentence if necessary!
- The essay draft should include at least three supporting paragraphs. Try to start each paragraph with a topic sentence. Try to develop each paragraph with descriptive and interesting details. Try to keep in mind that you are telling a story, so you need to tell people what happened in the order in which it occurred. Also, make sure to use transitional phrases and words as necessary.
- Once again, make sure you are using appropriate and useful sensory details. Instead of “my mom made chicken that night” tell us “my mom had made her famous hot, crispy, and moist fried chicken that night.” Yum! Now I want some, too!
- The essay must end with a concluding paragraph. Yes, the conclusion does summarize the essay to some degree but don’t regurgitate. The conclusion to a narrative should discuss why the experience you just narrated is important to you. What did you learn from it? How has your life/behavior/attitude/ outlook on life changed because of this incident? This is where your skill as a writer comes in!
- make sure you know what is expected in each paragraph of the essay and make sure your draft shows your effort to develop all parts (introduction, body, conclusion)
- Be sure to proofread for grammar errors that may impede readability. The expectation is that you will not make errors that can easily be corrected by looking at websites such as chompchomp.com or grammargirl.com or the OWL at Purdue.
**YOUR NARRATIVE ESSAY MUST BE AT LEAST 500 WORDS IN LENGTH AT MINIMUM
No sources should be used for this assignment. Your writing for this essay should be 100% original and unique to you. This is your story, after all!
- *Please use MLA Document layout.
- *Please submit the file as Microsoft Word file ending in .doc, .docx, or as a rich text document ending in .rtf. I cannot open any other file types and therefore your work will not be accepte
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