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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6. A realization. Think about a time when you experienced a realization. This could be anything from understanding a complicated math equation to gaining a deeper understanding of a philosophical issue or life situation.
Basic Format of a Narrative Essay

Paragraph #1-The Introduction
1. Begin with an attention grabber that captures your reader’s interest.
Ex: Sometimes it takes something terrible to realize what is important in life.
2. Follow with 2-3 sentences that lead up to your thesis statement.
3. State your thesis statement-this should clearly state the experience or event that you will describe and its significance. Do not begin telling the details of your story yet.
Example: Although my sister and I have sometimes not seen eye-to-eye at times, it took her being horribly sick to make me realize how much she truly means to me.

Paragraph #2-4 Body Paragraphs-Your story. 1. Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence. Begin this sentence with a TRANSITION that show the order that the events occurred (First, Later, In the end, Second, Third, etc.) and the details of your story. Examples:
The day first began like any other day.
Later that day, my sister began to feel worse and my family and I began to worry.
After a day of much distress, my sister finally began to feel better. 2. This is where you tell your story. Just like any


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