Narratives are stories, and for this essay you’ll tell me the story of when you
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Narratives are stories, and for this essay you’ll tell me the story of when you learned something. The thing you learned could be a life lesson or a school lesson, but either way you should employ solid narrative techniques (like developing images, description, dialogue, voice, showing-not-telling), a clever title, and please DO NOT TELL your reader what you learned, SHOW your reader what you learned.
What I mean is, you could write that you learned to not play with matches, and then end your essay by saying, “As you can see, after I burned all the hair off my golden retriever, I learned to never play with matches.” But this ending is dull (and dull because it’s redundant). Instead, organize your images so that when your reader gets to the end of your essay he will understand what you learned WITHOUT you having to spill the beans.
Narratives can be difficult to craft, but they’re also very rewarding. Choose a lesson you learned that really means something to you so that you spend the majority of your essay really developing the images and SHOWING the scene to your reader.
Skill: Narration & description
Focus: Narrate when you learned something/how you learned something
Format: MLA or APA
Length: Maybe two or three pages, maybe more, probably not less.
Points: Clear, complete, coherent sentences, a sense of organization, unified and coherent paragraphs, good transitions, control of pronouns, good imagery, a smashing title.