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NARRATIVE ESSAY:

NARRATIVE ESSAY

Basic Qualities :

Basic Qualities a piece of writing that recreates an experience through time can be based on one of your own experiences, either past or present, or it can be based on the experiences of someone else communicates a main idea or a lesson learned 2/21/2012 2

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2/21/2012 3 experiences written by you that you face during your life tells a story, which is meaningful and important to you describes how a certain event can change a major part of yourself and your life, how you have reacted to that event that happened to you A good narrative isn't just an enjoyable or amusing story, but has a point to make, an idea to pass on.

Features:

Features The story should have an introduction that clearly indicates what kind of narrative essay it is (an event or recurring activity, a personal experience, or an observation), and it should have a conclusion that makes a point. The essay should include anecdotes. The author should describe the person, the scene, or the event in some detail. It's okay to include dialogue as long as you know how to punctuate it correctly and as long as you avoid using too much. 2/21/2012 4

Features:

Features 3. The occasion or person described must be suggestive in your description and thoughts lead the reader to reflect on the human experience. 4. The point of view in narrative essays is usually first person. The use of "I" invites your readers into an intimate discussion. 2/21/2012 5

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2/21/2012 6 Steps for writing a narrative essay: Identify the experience that you want to write about. Think about why the experience is significant. Spend a good deal of time drafting your recollections about the details of the experience. Create an outline of the basic parts of your narrative.

Writing about the experience: :

Writing about the experience: Using your outline, describe each part of your narrative. Rather than telling your readers what happened, use vivid details and descriptions to actually recreate the experience for your readers. Think like your readers. Try to remember that the information you present is the only information your readers have about the experiences. Always keep in mind that all of the small and seemingly unimportant details known to you are not necessarily known to your readers. 2/21/2012 7

Communicating the significance of the experience: :

Communicating the significance of the experience: It's often effective to begin your narrative with a paragraph that introduces the experience and communicates the significance. This technique guarantees that your readers will understand the significance of the experience as they progress through the narrative. 2/21/2012 ThepowerpointTemplates.com 8

Communicating the significance of the experience: :

Communicating the significance of the experience: Another effective technique is to begin the essay by jumping directly into the narrative and then ending the essay with a paragraph communicating the significance of the experience. This approach allows your readers to develop their own understanding of the experience through the body of the essay and then more deeply connect to your expression of the significance at the end. 2/21/2012 ThepowerpointTemplates.com 9

Communicating the significance of the experience: :

Communicating the significance of the experience: You might also consider introducing the experience in the first paragraph but delaying your expression of the significance of the experience until the end of the essay. This approach heightens your readers' sensitivity to the significance of the narrative. 2/21/2012 ThepowerpointTemplates.com 10

Potential prompts for your narrative essay: :

Potential prompts for your narrative essay: A childhood event . Think of an experience when you learned something for the first time, or when you realized how important someone was for you. Achieving a goal . Think about a particularly meaningful achievement in your life. This could be something as seemingly minor as achieving a good grade on a difficult assignment, or this could be something with more long-lasting effects, like getting the job you desired or getting into the best school to which you applied. 2/21/2012 ThepowerpointTemplates.com 11

Potential prompts for your narrative essay: :

Potential prompts for your narrative essay: A failure . Think about a time when you did not perform as well as you had wanted. Focusing on an experience like this can result in rewarding reflections about the positive emerging from the negative. A good or bad deed . Think about a time when you did or did not stand up for yourself or someone else in the face of adversity or challenge. 2/21/2012 ThepowerpointTemplates.com 12

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Potential prompts for your narrative essay: A change in your life . Think about a time when something significant changed in your life. This could be anything from a move across town to a major change in a relationship to the birth or death of a loved one. A realization . Think about a time when you experienced a realization. This could be anything from understanding a complicated math equation to gaining a deeper understanding of a philosophical issue or life situation. 2/21/2012 ThepowerpointTemplates.com 13

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2/21/2012 ThepowerpointTemplates.com 14 excerpt from, “ Playground Memory ”, Looking back on a childhood filled with events and memories, I find it rather difficult to pick on that leaves me with the fabled “warm and fuzzy feelings.” As the daughter of an Air Force Major, I had the pleasure of traveling across America in many moving trips. I have visited the monstrous trees of the Sequoia National Forest, stood on the edge of the Grande Canyon and have jumped on the beds at Caesar’s Palace in Lake Tahoe. However, I have discovered that when reflecting on my childhood, it is not the trips that come to mind, instead there are details from everyday doings; a deck of cards, a silver bank or an ice cream flavor.   One memory that comes to mind belongs to a day of no particular importance. It was late in the fall in Merced, California on the playground of my old elementary school; an overcast day with the wind blowing strong. I stood on the blacktop, pulling my hoodie over my ears. The wind was causing miniature tornados; we called them “dirt devils”, to swarm around me.

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15 Small-Town Terror by Carolyn Gamble Student Sample: Narrative Situated between majestic mountains and rolling hills, Benton is much like any other small eastern Tennessee settlement. It was election day, and looking forward to a visit to the ice cream shop, I accompanied my grandfather as he drove the ten-mile journey to town. Country life offered little excitement, but that day an air of uneasiness replaced the usual contentment one felt while passing aged buildings, their drabness contrasted sharply by a few colorful, modern improvements. Having spent the first ten years of my life here, it was easy to detect any change in the town's mood. I pondered the worried expression on the faces of the few people we saw on the streets. It seemed everyone was in a hurry. There were not the usual groups gathered to exchange local gossip. Most noticeable was the absence of children. As my grandfather's dilapidated Ford approached the town's only traffic light, we were greeted-not by flashing red, yellow or green--but by uniformed National Guardsmen armed with guns and appearing much out of place in such placid surroundings. As our vehicle slowed to a stop, I was aghast as I saw before me a huge machine gun, pointed in our direction. A young guardsman walked briskly to the car and explained, almost apologetically, "Sorry Sir, but we'll have to search your car. Just routine procedure.“

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16 As the car was being searched, we learned the reason for such drastic precautionary measures. A man whom we knew and who was a candidate for the sheriff's office, had been brutally murdered in the presence of his wife and daughter. It was rumored that the opposing party was responsible for the fatal shotgun blast, and other rumors stated that explosives would be brought into town to bomb the courthouse. As this unbelievable information was being given, I sat petrified, trying to convince myself that this was the same town where, only yesterday, old men in dirty overalls lounged around the courthouse, spitting tobacco and discussing the forthcoming election. Dogs and children had romped freely on the sidewalks, while women browsed in the stores for hours without buying anything. Strangely, all this had changed overnight, and the preconceptions I had about our peaceful country and the glorious right to vote were beginning to sound as a sour note. Marching through the streets, guards with guns gave the appearance of towns I had seen in the movies. Towns which did not know freedom, but captivity. "He'll probably go home," I mused to myself as my grandfather began changing the gears to move on. Surely no one could be so stupid as to go into that courthouse now! Thinking how wonderful it would be to get back to the safety of our farmhouse, I was somewhat taken aback when Grandpa parked near the entrance of the threatened building. The lines in his face seemed to be carved with determination, and with unfaltering stride he quickly mounted the steps to the building. A man had died at the hands of those who tried to control a county's right to vote. That "right" was now even more precious. Grandpa would vote.

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