#2: Personal Narrative
structure of your narrative should include an introduction (with a thesis),
a narrative of the event, and a discussion or analysis of the significance
of that event. Note that this structure does not lend itself to the clichéd
five paragraph paper. You will need to be detailed and descriptive enough
for the event to be vivid for your reader, but selective enough in those
details so that your paper remains concise and coherent. Your audience
will be your classmatesyou will need to tell them all they need
to know to understand the event and its significance, while paring away
everything else. Use the first person; after all, this is your life.
Feel free, if you wish, to refer to what we have already read as a class. These readings, whether a story, Great Expectations, Exodus or the Nicomachean Ethics, provide a valuable resource of shared experiences and information.