Narrative Essay

No research is required for this essay; provide vivid details for your narrative.

You must submit your narrative essay as an attachment in MS Word before midnight on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

For guidelines on the format for your narrative essay, please watch MLA Essay Format video, which goes over the basic rules for where to put identification information, how to use spacing correctly,  what type of font is allowed, etc. (Links to an external site.) 

Before beginning this assignment, review the list of topics below.  Choose one that reminds you of a story about yourself. 

Narrative Writing Prompts

Being Unprepared: Think of a time when being unprepared put you in an embarrassing or uncomfortable position.

Light Bulb Moment: Think of an experience when you realized that you suddenly understood a difficult idea, skill, or concept.

Changing Places: Think of a specific change in your life and narrate the events that took place.

Standing Up: Choose a time when you stood up for your beliefs or moral code even though the “crowd” disagreed with you.

Disagreeing: Think of a time when you disagreed with a decision and did something about it.

Teaching: Think of a skill that you taught someone else how to do.

Childhood Event: Choose a vivid memory from your childhood.

The Good and Bad: Recall an event in your life that seemed to be negative at first but later turned out to be positive.

Achieving a Goal: Think of a time when you achieved a personal goal.

Traveling: Recall a trip you took that had an impact on your world view.

Components of your Narrative Essay

Your narrative should be divided into three basic parts:

  1. Introduction:  Needs to include general background information (the setting) and a hint of the theme (Your purpose behind telling the story).
  2. BodyNeeds to have a clear sequence of events. Paragraphs should be divided at major shifts in the story. (In other words, do not limit yourself to only three paragraphs in the body. Also, your paragraphs may vary in length.)
  3. ConclusionNeeds to clearly state the theme, or the overall message of the story. (Ex: Did you learn from this experience that you had more strength than you thought possible?  Did you learn not to take yourself so seriously?  Did you discover how to trust other people?) Remember that this does not have to be more than two or three sentences. 

Make Sure Your Paper Has the Following:

  • A clear thesis statement that communicates the significance of the events you discuss
  • Specif detail
  • Varied sentence structure
  • Clear order of events (chronological order/flashbacks)
  • Avoid monotony
  • Use transitional words to indicate the order of events and signal shifts in time (i.e. first, second, next, then, later, at the same time, meanwhile, immediately, soon, before, earlier, after, afterward, now, finally etc.)
  • Use Font 12 Times New Roman, Double-space entire document, 1″ margins
  • The essay should be two-pages (Type until the last line).  Do not write below or over two pages.  Failure to comply with the page requirement will result in a one full grade deduction off your essay grade.

Submit your narrative essay here before midnight on Sunday, January, 26, 2020.

Attached, please find a copy of the ENC1101 Essay RubricPreview the document


ENC1101 Essay Rubric (2)ENC1101 Essay Rubric (2)CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConceptual20.0 ptsExcellentoffers cogent analysis, shows command of interpretive and conceptual tasks required by assignment and course materials: ideas original, often insightful, going beyond ideas discussed in lecture and class16.0 ptsGood