DUE BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15TH, 2020 by 7:00pm The Narrative Essay usually: Is told from a particular point of view makes and supports a point is filled with precise detail uses vivid verbs and modifiers uses conflict and sequence as does any story may use dialogue Include transitions words Include sensory language In writing your narrative essay, keep the following conventions in mind. Narratives are generally written in the first person that is, using I. However, third person (he, she, or it) can also be used. Narratives rely on concrete, sensory details to convey their point. These details should create a unified, forceful effect, a dominant impression. More information on the use of specific details is available on another page. Narratives, as stories, should include these story conventions: a plot, including setting and characters; a climax; and an ending. ======================== Narration Assignment Write a narrative essay about an experience in your life that had a significant effect on you or that changed your views in some important way. Choose ONE from the following topics listed below: What Challenges Have You Overcome? What Do You Do When You Encounter Obstacles to Success? What Are Your Secret Survival Strategies? How Do You Find Peace in Your Life? How Have You Handled Being the ‘New Kid’? Do You Ever Feel Overlooked and Underappreciated? How Stressed Are You? How Do You Relieve Stress? Does Stress Affect Your Ability to Make Good Decisions? What Challenges Have You Set for Yourself? How Often Do You Leave Your ‘Comfort Zone’? What Did You Once Hate but Now Like? Does Your Life Leave You Enough Time to Relax? Do You Set Rules for Yourself About How You Use Your Time? Is ‘Doing Nothing’ a Good Use of Your Time? What’s Cluttering Up Your Life? What Work Went Into Reaching Your Most Difficult Goals? When Have You Ever Failed at Something? What Happened as a Result? When Have You Ever Succeeded When You Thought You Might Fail? What Life Lessons Has Adversity Taught You? What’s the Most Challenging Assignment You’ve Ever Had? What Kind of Feedback Helps You Improve? Is Trying Too Hard to Be Happy Making You Sad? Do Adults Who Are ‘Only Trying to Help’ Sometimes Make Things Worse? What Are Five Everyday Problems That Bother You, and What Can You Do About Them? Other Notes: Chose a topic carefully Include a title Include colorful pictures Your essay must be FIVE or MORE paragraphs Include a focused thesis statement/main point (usually in the introductory paragraph) Use adequate details and vivid verbs to support your paragraphs A paragraph is 7-8 complete sentences DO NOT wait until the last minute to work on this assignment All assignments must be typed, double-spaced using a Times Roman (12 point) font with 1-inch margins on white 8 ½ by 11 inch paper. In the upper left-hand corner of the page, you must include: Your Full Name Professor Pile ENGLISH 1010: Expository Writing Date Assignment Name (i.e. “Narration or Illustration Essay”) Midterm Examination (Type TITLE of the ESSAY) Begin your paragraph here… ANY paper that is not in proper format will not be accepted! Personal Narrative Rubrics CATEGORY A B C D Introduction (Organization) The introduction is inviting, states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper. The introduction clearly states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper, but is not particularly inviting to the reader. The introduction states the main topic, but does not adequately preview the structure of the paper nor is it particularly inviting to the reader. There is no clear introduction of the main topic or structure of the paper. Transitions (Organization) A variety of thoughtful transitions are used. They clearly show how ideas are connected. Transitions clearly show how ideas are connected, but there is little variety. Some transitions work well; but connections between other ideas are fuzzy. The transitions between ideas are unclear or nonexistent. Adding Personality (Voice) The writer seems to be writing from knowledge or experience. The author has taken the ideas and made them “his own.” The writer seems to be drawing on knowledge or experience, but there is some lack of ownership of the topic. The writer relates some of his own knowledge or experience, but it adds nothing to the discussion of the topic. The writer has not tried to transform the information in a personal way. The ideas and the way they are expressed seem to belong to someone else. Recognition of Reader (Voice) The reader’s questions are anticipated and answered thoroughly and completely. The reader’s questions are anticipated and answered to some extent. The reader is left with one or two questions. More information is needed to “fill in the blanks”. The reader is left with several questions. Word Choice Writer uses vivid words and phrases that linger or draw pictures in the reader’s mind, and the choice and placement of the words seems accurate, natural and not forced. Writer uses vivid words and phrases that linger or draw pictures in the reader’s mind, but occasionally the words are used inaccurately or seem overdone. Writer uses words that communicate clearly, but the writing lacks variety, punch or flair. Writer uses a limited vocabulary that does not communicate strongly or capture the reader’s interest. Jargon or clichés may be present and detract from the meaning. Support for Topic (Content) Relevant, telling, quality details give the reader important information that goes beyond the obvious or predictable. Supporting details and information are relevant, but one key issue or portion of the storyline is unsupported. Supporting details and information are relevant, but several key issues or portions of the storyline are unsupported. Supporting details and information are typically unclear or not related to the topic. Focus on Topic (Content) There is one clear, well-focused topic. Main idea stands out and is supported by detailed information. Main idea is clear but the supporting information is general. Main idea is somewhat clear but there is a need for more supporting information. The main idea is not clear. There is a seemingly random collection of information. Sentence Structure (Sentence Fluency) All sentences are well constructed with varied structure. Most sentences are well constructed with varied structure. Most sentences are well constructed but have a similar structure. Sentences lack structure and appear incomplete or rambling. Conclusion (Organization) The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader with a feeling that they understand what the writer is “getting at.” The conclusion is recognizable and ties up almost all the loose ends. The conclusion is recognizable, but does not tie up several loose ends. There is no clear conclusion, the paper just ends. Grammar & Spelling (Conventions) Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content. Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content. 8
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