Writing a Personal Narrative Essay

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Writing a Personal Narrative Essay

  1. 1. College Composition I<br />Writing a Narrative Essay<br />
  2. 2. Narrative—tells a story<br />Who?<br />What?<br />When?<br />Where?<br />Why?<br />
  3. 3. Pick a Topic<br />Something significant that happened to you.<br />Organize your story in time.<br />
  4. 4. Decide On Your Purpose<br />To entertain<br />Your embarrassing moment<br />To inform<br />A lesson you learned<br />To persuade<br />Not to do what you did<br />Picture Source: Tastybit, ZZ Gets Embarrassed, June 15, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons License<br />
  5. 5. Keep Your Audience in Mind<br />The members of the class<br />The members of your group<br />The instructor<br />
  6. 6. Audience<br />Will they find your topic interesting?<br />Why do they need/want to know this?<br />What do you need to tell them?<br />
  7. 7. Generate Your Raw Material<br />List all important events.<br />What happened.<br />Who was involved.<br />What did people do or say.<br />Do some freewriting or brainstorming.<br />
  8. 8. Decide on Your Dominant Impression<br />Why are you telling this story?<br />What do you want your readers to feel?<br />Sad? Embarrassed for you? Proud of you? Smarter? <br />
  9. 9. Write Your Topic Sentence<br />“I made a big impression on my new boyfriend’s family when I fainted in front of them in a fancy restaurant.”<br />“When I was thirteen, I learned the hard way that driving a car was not as easy as it looked.”<br />“On January 23, 2001, I realized that we can never take what we have for granted.”<br />
  10. 10. Check Your Details<br />Do you need more details?<br />Are there any details you need to omit?<br />Do all the details support your dominant impression?<br />
  11. 11. Decide on Your Order<br />Spatial (left to right, right to left)<br />Chronological (time order)<br />Least to most important<br />
  12. 12. Set Up An Outline <br />Topic Sentence,<br />Major Detail,<br />Two examples,<br />Major Detail,<br />Two examples,<br />Major Detail,<br />Two examples,<br />Concluding Sentence.<br />
  13. 13. Write the first draft.<br />Start with the topic sentence.<br />Write quickly.<br />Don’t stop to correct mistakes.<br />When finished, add a conclusion.<br />Read the paper aloud; add transitions where necessary.<br />
  14. 14. Write the Final Draft<br />Must be typed and double spaced<br />Three paragraphs<br />Run “spell check”<br />Be sure to include required sentences: <br />Two compound sentences, <br />Two complex sentences, <br />Two compound/complex sentences.<br />
  15. 15. Sources<br />All clip art is from:<br />http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/?CTT=97.<br />

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