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   Essay 3  – The personal narrative   500 – 1000 words For


Essay 3  – The personal narrative   500 – 1000 words

For your third essay, you will be telling the story of an incident or event that happened to you.  Hopefully, after the event, you were a wiser and smarter person.

Therefore, the story you tell for Essay 3 must have a lesson that you learned.   This lesson will become your thesis or last sentence in your introduction.

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The web site will include two helpful student models.

Getting Started – Generating ideas

Organize your essay – The structure of the narrative

Introductory paragraph 

Your introduction should end with your thesis statement.  Your thesis is the main idea of the essay.  What did you learn? Or what was the impact of the story? Or how did this chain of events impact you? Or how were you different after this event?

The body of the narrative essay is the telling of the story.  The first body paragraph should begin with the time and place of the story.  Be sure to use past tense verbs.  Your body paragraphs may be shorter, and you may have as many as three, four, or five or more body paragraphs to tell the story. The story should end in the last body paragraph.

Finally, once you have completed telling the story, you will end your essay with the concluding paragraph.  For this essay, you may discuss the consequences of the event.  You may return to the lesson you learned or the impact this story made on you. You may discuss the future.

Once you have written your rough draft, submit your assignment to the drop box.

Early next week, I will read your draft and make suggestions for ways to improve your final essay, which will be due in Module 11.

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