While the personal narrative essays we are reading are all quite different, they
While the personal narrative essays we are reading are all quite different, they do
have some important qualities in common. Each author has either set out with a
clear intention/point or develops one over the course of the essay. Each author
has paced the story and used chronological order, and as such, provides a clear
structure suited to the essay’s content. Each author has included plenty of specific
detail, crafting every sentence, carefully choosing the best and most precise words
(at times, including dialogue). The authors have used first person consistently
throughout the essays; they have used past tense consistently, and they
incorporated transitions when needed. The authors have created an effective and
fitting tone through the use of diction and syntax. Additionally, each writer has
utilized literary techniques to enhance the reader’s understanding of the subject.
Most importantly, each author thoughtfully engages the reader so that reading the
essay is an enjoyable experience. A good personal narrative reveals something
important – not only about the author, but about something else – the human
experience in general.
The assignment is to write a personal narrative essay of your own that has these
qualities. Your personal narrative must describe an event in your past that, in some
way, inspired you and helped to shape your current personality or perspectives.
Your essay should be approximately 2 ½ – 3 pages typed (double spaced, #12 font,
1 inch margins). *Note -The narrative should span no more than a 24 hour time