Writing the Narrative Essay. DEFINITION:. A narrative essay tells a story, usually of a personal experience, that makes a point or supports a thesis. The purpose of narrative writing is to recreate the experience for your readers so that your readers can imagine events and
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A narrative essay tells a story, usually
of a personal experience, that makes a
point or supports a thesis.
The purpose of narrative writing is to
recreate the experience for your readers so
that your readers can imagine events and
share your experience.
The night I got arrested was the most harrowing night of my life. While I was sitting in my cell, I realized that my life was headed down a dangerous path and if I didn’t turn around quickly, I might lose myself forever.
On the train that night as I traveled through Spain, I realized that the world was full of mystery and beauty, and I was excited to be a part of it.
Although the first week of boot camp was filled with discipline and suffering, I believe that I finally grew up that week—though I wouldn’t have admitted it at the time.
--describe in “snapshots”
--Use all your senses
--use dialogue, when appropriate
--describe significant features and gestures
Caution: Don’t go overboard! Choose details wisely.
Avoid being too informal or using slang:
Oh, man, let me tell you, as I got close to the top of that mountain, I looked up to the top, and I thought, “Whoa, dude…this is so awesome.” It was the coolest thing I ever saw. I knew right then that if could conquer that sucker, I could conquer any damn thing.
As I labored to trudge to the pinnacle of the great mountain peak called Mount Whitney, I paused for a wondrous moment to cast my eyes upon the top of that snowy, lustrous peak, and imagined that if I could accomplish this amazing feat, I could, perhaps climb any mountain on earth.
As I approached the jagged, snow-covered peak of Mount Whitney, I felt a surge of pride—I knew if I could do this, I could do anything.
Your paper will contain an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion, just like most essays, BUT
--Your thesis can appear anywhere in the essay
--Your Introduction may begin the story.
--Your Introduction may include some background information
On the train that night as I traveled through Spain, I realized
that the world was full of mystery and beauty, and I was
excited to be a part of it.
Narrative Essay Assignment—Choose ONE of the prompts below and write a 2-3
page essay. All papers must follow MLA formatting.
First draft due Friday 9/13
Have you or anyone you’ve ever known purchased a product because you
thought it would change your life? Tell about your encounter with this product and
explain whether or not this product met your expectations.
2. Tell about a time when you found school to be a sanctuary or the opposite. Be
sure to describe the place and tell what people did and said there.
3. Write about a life lesson you learned in high school. Show in detail how particular
Events in your experience led to these specific effects.
4. Write about the first time you ever tried a food from another country or culture.
After describing the specific situation with details about when and where (and how
the food tasted, of course), explain what insights –if any—you gained about
the culture through its food.