Narrative Essay-creating the drafts

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Instructions for creating the rough draft through the final of the narrative essay for Miller's Eng. 100 Fall 2013.

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Narrative Essay:

Narrative Essay Creating the Drafts

The Parts:

The Parts

Outline:

Outline I. Introduction A. Begin with a general overview of the topic. 1. Prepare the reader to connect to your story by providing necessary orienting information. 2. Entice the reader; there are many ways to do this. Here are a few: tell a story, propose a question, define a key term, present an example, or draw an analogy. B. The final sentence must be the thesis statement . II . Body: My Name, My Family, My Language, My Identity A. These four mini-essays make up the body of your paper. B. They may go in any order. C. You may add sections, paragraphs, sentences as needed. D. Before and after each mini-essay, you will need to add transition words, phrases, or paragraphs linking the mini-essays together. E . Transitions must also mention and reflect the thesis. III . Conclusion A. These are your final words on the topic. What do you want the reader to remember? 1. Echo the strategy used in the introduction, or choose a new one: Relate background information, tell a story, propose a question, define a key term, present an example, or draw an analogy. 2. But for this essay in particular it might be interesting to conclude your essay by looking to the future. Who will you be ten years from now? B. Do not, I repeat, do not state, “In conclusion, . . .” C. Do not summarize your paper with phrases such as, “In this paper, I’ve shown . . .,” or “My paper has been about . . . .”

Thesis Statement :

Thesis Statement The thesis statement prepares the reader for what is to come. It is the main idea of your essay, and incorporates the range of information that your essay will discuss. A strong thesis statement states the essay’s subject, an assertion about the subject, and is clearly written. Thesis Statement Checklist Does your thesis state the essay’s main idea? Does it indicate a focus and assert a particular a point of view? In other words, why is the main idea important? Is it written in specific language?

Putting It All Together: Transitions :

Putting It All Together: Transitions I . Transitions link one section of your essay to another, and they also serve the purpose of reminding the reader of your thesis. A. Restate the main point of what you’ve just written, and mention how that point leads to your next idea. B. Try to echo the language used in your thesis. II. The length and placement of transitions depends upon your particular essay. A. Transitions may be one sentence at the end of a paragraph. B. Transitions may be two to three sentences at the end of a paragraph. C. Transitions may be one to three sentences at the end of a paragraph, and one to three sentences at the beginning of the next paragraph. D. Transitions may be at the beginning of the next paragraph. E. Transitions may consist of one complete separate paragraph.

Paper Requirements :

Paper Requirements I. 4-8 pages in length. Use 12 pt Times New Roman or Arial. Use a 1” margin all around and double space all but the information in the upper left corner of the 1 st page. II. The paper includes three sections: A. An introduction with a thesis statement B. The body of the essay includes writings about your name, family, identity, and language in any order C. Conclusion that summarizes the essay and connects to the introduction II. Submit the rough draft to Turnitin.com for peer review, and the final to Turnitin.com for instructor assessment.

Have fun!:

Have fun! I can’t wait to read your papers.

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