The goal of this assignment is to introduce you to narrative writing. A narrative essay recreates an event or events around a central purpose: usually to reveal some insight about the action and/or the individuals involved. In other words, you need to tell a story to entertain your readers, but your readers should also take away some message or insight from your story that they can apply in their own lives.
Compose a short narrative essay using one of the maxims below. Your narrative can be written in either the first or third person. Remember to keep in mind all the key narrative elements: purpose, action, conflict, point of view, key events, and dialogue.
Another important point to remember is that a narrative’s thesis statement is not really a traditional thesis statement like one found in argumentative or analytical/expository essays. In fact, this assignment sort of delivers your thesis statement in the form of a maxim.
A maxim is a concise statement of a generally recognized truth. Noting the key narrative elements above, write a personal narrative that illustrates one of the following maxims:
- A little learning is a dangerous thing
- The more things change, the more they stay the same
- Don’t judge a book by its cover
- The road to hell is paved with good intentions
- The long way round is the short way home
- A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
- More flies are caught with honey than vinegar
- Lost time is never found
- A clean conscience makes a soft pillow
- Every slip is not a fall
- “Ifs” and “Buts” butter no bread
- Youth is wasted on the young
- A fool and his money are soon parted
- Experience is the best teacher
- Good fences make good neighbors
- Necessity is the mother of invention
- Revenge is a dish best served cold
Your rough draft should be at least 750 words. Keep in mind the final version, after revisions, will need to be at least 1,000 words. Turn in your draft in the appropriate assignment tab in Canvas. Your paper should be in standard APA format. No outside research should be used for this assignment.
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Due no later than Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
You are expected to write primarily in your own voice, using paraphrase, summary, and synthesis techniques when integrating information from class and outside sources. Use an author’s exact words only when the language is especially vivid, unique, or needed for technical accuracy. Failure to do so may result in charges of Academic Dishonesty.
Overusing an author’s exact words, such as including block quotations to meet word counts, may lead your readers to conclude that you lack appropriate comprehension of the subject matter or that you are neither an original thinker nor a skillful writer
Content and Development
All key elements of the assignment are covered in a substantive way. To note: • The essay is at least 750+ words • The essay is written in the appropriate rhetorical mode(s) for the assignment. • The essay contains an effective thesis. • Inter- and intra-paragraph content is effectively organized (spatially, temporally, logically, or by order of importance) and makes use of topic sentences and appropriate transitional expressions • The introduction and conclusion are engaging, cohesive, and appropriate to their position in the essay
Readability and Style
The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment. Sentences are complete, clear, and concise. Sentences are well-constructed, with consistently strong, varied syntax. Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought. Essay meets all the requirement of APA formatting
Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed. Mechanics are accurate. Spelling is correct.
he essay is at least 750+ words
• The essay is written in the appropriate
rhetorical mode(s) for the assignment.
• The essay contains an effective thesis.
• Inter- and intra-paragraph content is
effectively organized (spatially, temporally,
logically, or by order of importance) and
makes use of topic sentences and
appropriate transitional expressions
• The introduction and conclusion are engaging,
cohesive, and appropriate to their position in