WRITING 1100: PERSONAL NARRATIVE ESSAY
Working Draft Due: Tuesday, November 3,
Final Draft Due: Tuesday, November 17,
Expected length: minimum 1000 words
(longer is okay)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.”
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
draft will be AT LEAST 1000 words long, and may well be longer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions prior to the
due dates (and remember that bringing anything to class is better than