Write a draft of your narrative essay.
Write a draft of your narrative essay. The full assignment is detailed in a page in this module. Remember that in drafting, especially your first draft, the aim is to get your ideas down on paper. This means working fairly quickly and not getting stopped by questions about content, form, grammar, or spelling. Drafting should be more careful writing than, say, freewriting, but as you know this is an attempt, a first stab at getting your essay on paper, and is going to be revised, changed around, edited, maybe even abandoned in favor of a new idea altogether, you want to move quickly and get the ideas down on paper as best you can. You may have to leave spaces where “something” is going to go (you aren’t really sure yet), you may have to leave dashes for words that aren’t coming to your mind right away, etc. The final draft is not due until Sunday of next week, so you will have plenty of time to complete the draft and get it just right.
Upload at least 3 paragraphs of your rough draft here for a completion grade–if it looks like you gave it a good try and it is fairly complete, you get full credit.
Narrative Essay Assignment (Final draft due
Your assignment is to write a well-organized multi-paragraph (at least 5 paragraphs) narrative essay responding to the writing prompt below. Your essay should be approximately two to three double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 600-800 words). Upload a rough draft by Your final draft will be due next
Audience and Purpose: Think of a general, class-wide audience as being the readers you are trying to reach with your story.
Writing Prompt: Write a narrative essay that uses a story from your past experience to illustrate (or to refute) one of the following proverbs, quotations, or commonsense statements. This will NOT be an essay about the saying, or how true or untrue it is, but an essay telling a story that illustrates the saying. The statement can be the title of your essay, or you can think of another title:
1. Money can’t buy happiness. 9. Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.
2. Money is the root of all evil. 10. A penny saved is a penny earned.
3. I never met a man I didn’t like. 11. Small children, small problems, big children big problems.
4. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen 12. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
5. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. 13. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
6. You can’t judge a book by its cover 14. Good fences make good neighbors
7. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. 15. A stitch in time saves nine.
8. There’s no such thing as a bad boy.
Note: Your assignment is to tell a story! Be sure to let the narrative, the story, be the center of your essay. The assignment is not to explain the saying, which would be an expository essay. The assignment is to tell a story from your personal experience that illustrates, supports, or maybe refutes the saying.
Be sure the reader can follow the sequence of events easily, and that you use vivid and concrete sensory details and images–that is what good storytelling is all about.
Grammar Notes: Keep verb tenses consistent; tell stories from your past in past tenses. Often we have a habit of switching into present tense to tell a story, which gives it a sense of happening at the moment it is being read, but switching back and forth between past and present tense is a good way to confuse a reader.
It is fine to use a first-person point of view (I, me, my, etc.), but avoid using “you” as it leads to shifts in voice–that is, a sentence where you use I, you, and he/she/it as subjects all at the same time. Again, this is a good way to confuse a reader!
Also pay close attention to your sentence structure to avoid run-on sentences and comma splices. You might want to review these in the module on grammar and mechanics issues. Comma splices are especially common in writing narrative essays–it just happens–so be aware of it.