In preparation for your Narrative Essay (due Week Two), you will begin the writing process by exploring an idea (pre-writing), focusing the idea on a single event, creating an outline, and drafting the introduction paragraph. Recommended reading pages 83 -84 in Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings.
Read pp, 331-339 and choose one of the following pre-writing activities: Free writing, Listing, Clustering, Cubing or Questioning. If you choose to handwrite this part only of your activity, take a photograph with your phone and attach it along with your submission. Please be sure to review Keiser Live Week 1!
Create an Outline (Follow graphic below) It should be one sentence for each step. Please do not photograph, please type so I can make comments.
Compose an introductory paragraph and highlight or underline the thesis with the word because (see below)
submit as .doc or word document
Students should provide at least a five-sentence Introduction of the body paragraphs. The preview should not contain any support or citations. All details belong in the body and are used to support the claims. The last sentence of the introduction is the thesis and contains the word because.
Five to seven approximate sentences that preview the claims or topic sentences of each body paragraph.
For example: I was out of money so I had to resort to prostitution. Money was scarce due to gambling issues. I began to use drugs. As a result of having no money, being a drug addict and being a prostitute, I had to make changes in my life. Because I was a prostitute, a gambler, a drug addict and homeless, I had to return to school to make my life better.
For this class, the last sentence of your introduction should be your thesis and contain the word because.
*For this class, the last sentence of the introduction should be the thesis and contain the word because. For example, because of a main point from paragraph 1, 2, and 3, something happened or needs to occur. Please review Keiser Live, class announcements and your Keiser email for more support. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you do not understand.
Outline Graphic Guide
Choose one of the following topics:
What personal goal or achievement are you most proud of? Share the story of the moment you reached that goal.
What one event brought you closer to your family? Describe that day.
Was there an event in your life where you made a mistake or misjudged a situation? Describe how the event occurred and what you learned from it.
You may also choose one of the topics on pages 84 – 85 in the Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings.
A narrative should share a larger lesson with the audience beyond simply retelling an event. A strong narrative focuses on a single event or conflict and builds from introduction to body to a resolution. Descriiptive language brings the reader into the experience; consider carefully how you describe each scene. Show—don’t tell. Telling informs the reader by stating facts. “She was angry.” Show describes a scene. “She grabbed the wilted flowers and threw them in his face.” Telling repeats a list or series of actions, often without stopping to describe what happened. Showing shares concrete sensory details to capture the scene in which the event takes place.
To submit your assignment, click on the title Week 1 Assignment: Narrative Outline and Worksheet.
Include 3 items all separate. 1) prewriting activity. 2) outline 3) Intro paragraph . For an example, please open the document titled “Student sample Essay 1 Worksheet”