Using Staples’ and Laymon’s essays as models as well as the tips on writing personal narratives from the Little Seagull handbook, write your own narrative essay based on a time when you’ve felt profiled, excluded, or treated like an outsider. The essay should offer a clear focus on one event that will shape your introduction and thesis. Your body paragraphs can offer details that illustrate how this event impacted you. Think about something you can describe in detail and that will hold a reader’s interest. Narratives, like all essays, have a main point that supports a broader argument.
Type papers in Times New Roman (or other standard) 12-pt font
One inch margins all the way around
Proper MLA heading
Page numbers on each page
Paper should be at least five full paragraphs
Does your paper focus on one event? Is it significant (make us care about it)?
Does your paper have vivid details and description (show us)?
Did you revise, edit, and proofread for grammatical and mechanical errors? Do your sentences follow one another in a logical/readable way? Do your paragraphs make sense together and are they in a logical/readable order?