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Narrative Essay What is the assignment? You may have written some narratives in the past, but in this unit you are going to write a different kind of narrative. It will be the story of a belief you hold and how you came to hold it. This narrative essay will contain elements of a personal essay. Your assignment for this essay is to write a narrative essay about a strong belief that you have about life, people, or the world in general, and you will use a story from a specific life experience of yours that exemplifies that belief. Your essay should be 2–3 pages, 12 point, double-spaced, Times New Roman font. How do I write the essay? The lessons in the OHS are specifically created to help you write the essay. Read through every lesson. Print the student guides and work through them. These student guides will help you brainstorm, organize your ideas, and refine your essay. Remember, your essay will have the following three parts: Introduction The beginning of a narrative essay introduces one or more of the main characters and a key event. If the narrative is told in chronological order, the event is the first one that happened. The writer begins by getting the reader’s attention and convincing the reader that the story is going to be interesting. Some ways of hooking the reader include the following: • Narrate a dramatic scene. • Begin with a line of dialogue to plunge the reader immediately into the event. • Begin with a quotation that expresses the idea behind the narrative. • Make a startling statement. • Ask a question for the reader to think about In your introduction, state your belief about life, using a quote that you find. Go to these websites for some examples of quotes you might use to encompass your belief about life: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/life http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_life.html Supporting Paragraphs or Body The middle of the narrative essay develops most of the action of the narrative. It shows who the characters are by showing how they behave and speak, what they look like, and what other characters think about them. In fiction, the middle of a story develops the plot. In a nonfiction narrative, the middle may sound like the plot of a story. It shows how one event has consequences that lead to another event. It shows the effects of events on the characters. However, because a narrative essay is based on reality, it does not have to have a neat plot the way a fictional story does—because life isn’t always neat. Just make sure the bulk of your body paragraphs tells the story of a specific, personal life event from your life. Conclusion The end of a narrative essay is often quite different from the end of a fictional story. A fictional story usually ends with the last event, and the writer does not comment directly on the events or their meaning. In a nonfiction narrative, the writer often comments upon those issues. A nonfiction narrative is just as much about ideas as about people and events—often more so. How do I head/format my paper? Use the assigned heading. In this case, fill in your name and the date at the top of the Graded Assignment form. Double-space the essay. Use 12-point Times Roman or Times font. Set the margins at one inch on all sides. Place a title at the top of the essay. Center the title on the page. Indent the first line of each paragraph. Place direct dialogue within quotation marks. Begin a new paragraph for each change of speaker. Narrative Essay Belief Ideas: First, think of a single, specific event from your life from which you learned a lesson and / or gained knowledge about life. Once you have that event in mind, ask yourself, “What do I now believe about life, myself, or the world as a result of that event?” Your belief may look like one of the following: I believe that “An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.” I believe that “You are only as good as your word.” I believe that “To have a friend, be one.” I believe that “Honesty is the best policy.” I believe that “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” I believe that “Smile and the world smiles with you.” Your belief should NOT look like one of the following: I believe in unicorns. Do nice things. Doctors are awesome. I believe that if I hadn’t worked hard that summer, I never would have had enough money to take a trip to Europe. Once you have the event from your life in mind that you will write about, feel free to go online and look for inspirational quotes or maxims to inspire you and help you to pinpoint your belief.
I have to pick a topic and have to follow those!
Some mark twain quotes If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. simply put one of these as a base and do MLA
is this english or Language arts?
Okay i have my topic! Its, If i could run my own country!\ is that appropriate for a 9th grade essay?
Perfect you got it :)
Ok sp how would i do a graphic organizor? i havent done one in forever!!! I am stupid
Graphic organizer should be in your lesson
no i cant find one! Thats 3rd grade stuff!
I forgot it cause so much stuff to do
I'm talking like a template?
Just write out the essay that's it