Part 1: Narrative/Descriptive Essay –
In Week Two, you wrote a rough draft of an essay
that reflected one of the following options:
- Describe a person, place, or object that has special meaning in your life.
- Describe a particular moment or occurrence in your life that had special
meaning to you.
This week you will complete this draft and turn in
your Narrative/Descriptive Essay – Final Draft. If you chose Option 1, utilize
the Descriptive Writing Pattern described in Chapter 6. If you chose Option 2,
utilize the Narrative Writing Pattern described in Chapter 6. The
Narrative/Descriptive Essay – Final Draft needs to be between 550 and 800 words.
Your essay must include:
- A clear thesis statement in the intro paragraph.
- Specific details about the person, place, object, or event so that readers
can visualize the subject and/or feel present in the story. Your description
should be specific and appeal to the five senses.
- A conclusion paragraph.
As you are writing this essay, please
pay attention to the areas that you struggled with in your Diagnostic Quiz and
Diagnostic Essay, as well as incorporate all of the feedback provided to you by
your instructor on your rough draft and your writing throughout this
When submitting your Narrative/Descriptive Essay – Final Draft,
make sure to:
Narrative/Descriptive Essay – Final Draft
- Proofread your work for errors in grammar, mechanics, and style.
- Check that the essay is 550 to 800 words.
- Format the essay according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
- Save the document as a Microsoft Word or compatible .doc or .docx file.
- Use a naming convention that includes your last name, week number, and the
assignment number (e.g., smith_w5_a1.doc).
The Final Draft:
- Must be 550 to 800 words in length, and formatted according to APA style as
outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
- Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
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