I need help writing a personal narrative essay

Nov 12th, 2015
Price: $20 USD

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Working Draft Due: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Final Draft Due: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Expected length: minimum 1000 words (longer is okay)

Begin by deciding upon a topic and approach. To do this, you should closely read Chapters 1 and 3 (through page 101) of The Curious Writer.

·  You can spin off Exercise 1.3 on pages 18-19, “Literacy Narrative Collage,” to create an essay about your personal history as a reader and writer. 

·  You can spin off Exercise 1.6 on pages 33-35, “Cell Phone Culture,” and use this “mini-inquiry” project to create an essay about your relationship with technology.

·  You can respond to the TED talk about texting and literacy that we will watch in class on Monday, September 1, by discussing some aspect of your own experience and/or perspective.

·  If none of the above appeals to you, closely study the sample essays in Chapter 3 and think about what their themes are (land/place, neighbors, family, culture, customs, identity).  Using the brainstorming prompts on pages 88-92, find a topic that you are interested in developing further.   

Whatever topic you decide on and whatever approach you use, consider the suggestions that first appear on page 79: “Explore/explain/evaluate/reflect.” Your essay can focus on any one or more of these strategies.  Also follow the guidelines on Page 85 for “writing a personal essay.” 

Remember what the textbook says: A personal essay does not necessarily have to be a deeply revealing, personal piece.  (Although it can be that, it doesn’t have to be.) You can use the genre of personal essay to explore any subject, not just your own life and personal experiences. However, when writing a personal essay, you do have the flexibility to use the first person, to incorporate your own experience and perception, and to explore your opinions and feelings regarding your topic. 

Your draft will be AT LEAST 1000 words long, and may well be longer.

On Tuesdays, please bring a double-spaced HARD COPIES of sketches and drafts  (in print) to class for peer workshops . Number your pages and staple your essay.  Develop a full and creative title.  Use standard English and follow academic conventions of spelling, punctuation and capitalization, avoiding abbreviations. Although your work should appear professional at each stage, remember that this is still a draft that will be revised substantially before you submit it for a grade.  Please contact me at jkahle@hpu.edu if you have any questions prior to the due dates (and remember that bringing anything to class is better than bringing nothing).

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