Narrative Essay

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The Narrative Essay

*What is a Narrative Essay? • Narrative writing tells a story. In essays, the narrative writing could also be considered reflection or an exploration of the author's values told as a story. The author may remember his or her past, or a memorable person or event from that past, or even observe the present. • The author may write about: -An experience or event from his or her past. -A recent or ongoing experience or event. -Something that happened to someone else, such as a parent or a grandparent.
*Basic qualities of a narrative essay: • A narrative essay is a piece of writing that recreates an experience through time. • Unlike other essays,
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*Revising your narrative essay:

• After spending time away from the draft of your narrative essay, read through the essay and think about whether the writing effectively recreates the experience for your readers. • Ask other people to read through the essay and offer their impressions. • Identify where more details and descriptions are needed. • Identify and consider removing any information that seems to distract from the focus and main narrative of the essay. • Think about whether you've presented information in the most effective order.

*Prompts for your narrative essay:

1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. 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.

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