Narrative Essay

Formal Writing Assignment #3

Five Paragraph Narrative Essay – 50 points

 Outline and Draft must be ready for editing on _____Wed Oct 31_______ (-5 if unprepared).

 Final Copy due ____Wed Nov 7______.

  •  Create an outline using the structure defined for this assignment (this can be handwritten or typed)
  • The paper must include the following:
    • Centered Title that represents the paper topic
    • Introductory paragraph with a thesis sentence at the end of the paragraph.
    • 3 body paragraphs that tell your story
      • As you pick your topic for the story, be sure to pick an event that happens in a short amount of time; a few minutes, hours, or day. Do not pick an event that happens over a long period of time.
    • Concluding Paragraph restating thesis and summarizing your topic.
    • Each paragraph needs to include the following:
      • At least 5 sentences (no more than 9) per paragraph (with the exception of the conclusion – minimum 4 sentences.)
      • Topic sentences that focus on the story identified from thesis. Each topic sentence should remind the reader about the thesis.
      • Transitional words/phrases within each topic sentence
      • “You” may not be used in this paper
      • Avoid excessive dialogue (I prefer that you do not use dialogue at all)
  • Typed and double-spaced (12 point Font in Times New Roman or Calibri) using standard MLA structure.

 Please refer to chapters 11 and 12 (283-287) in your text for samples and possible topics.



Narrative Outline

You may print off a blank copy of this outline from Blackboard or create your own.

 Introductory Paragraph: (sets stage and ends with thesis statement)

  1. Summer camp as teacher consultant
  2. Just started dating

Thesis: Giving my future husband’s head lice made for an interesting start to our relationship.

First Body Paragraph Topic Sentence: Our third official date started with lunch and a trip to see a friend’s newborn daughter.

  1. Picked me up from camp for lunch
  2. Went to friend’s place to see the newborn
  3. Went to his house so I could make phone calls and do laundry before I headed back to camp for evening activities

Second Body Paragraph Topic Sentence: As Tim pulled into camp to drop me off, we noticed campers and counselors hauling mattresses and bedding out of cabins and knew something serious was happening.

  1. My campers came running to me screaming “lice”
  2. Spoke with other counselors to find out that all students who used the helmets for horseback riding had been exposed to lice
  3. Realized with a quick check that I too had lice and that it had made it to Tim’s head

Third Body Paragraph Topic Sentence: After distributing lice treatments to the campers, Tim, with a smile, invited me back to his house to clean all of the laundry and do the lice treatments.

  1. While rewashing every piece of clothing, we followed the directions from the lovely box of Rid lice treatment.
  2. We notified our friends to the exposure to lice, but thankfully they never got it, especially the baby.
  3. We spent the evening picking through each other’s hair like the monkeys on a Discovery Channel episode

Concluding Paragraph: (serves to wrap-up the story but not a place for new information)

Thankfully, Tim liked me enough to overlook such a thing as giving him lice. It was from that moment that I knew I had found the man I’d spend my life with.

 


Narrative Outline

You may print use this outline or create your own.

 Introductory Paragraph: (sets stage and ends with thesis statement)

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Thesis:

First Body Paragraph Topic Sentence:

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Second Body Paragraph Topic Sentence:

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Third Body Paragraph Topic Sentence:

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Concluding Paragraph: (serves to wrap-up the story but not a place for new information)

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