Essay 1: Narrative/Illustrative
Choose ONE of the Essay Prompts below, Brainstorm, Outline, and Write
a FIVE-Paragraph Essay.
You should have an introductory paragraph with a thesis/main point in the last sentence, 3 body paragraphs, each beginning with a topic sentence, covering the main events and details, and a conclusion.
Please TYPE and DOUBLE-SPACE the essay itself; the brainstorm and outline may be handwritten. Use one of the brainstorm methods we discussed in class and follow the outline form we went over. The essay should end up being 1.5-3 pages typed, but having the right amount of paragraphs and information is most important.
Essay Prompts (CHOOSE ONLY ONE TO WRITE YOUR ESSAY):
Choice 1: Discuss a learning experience from your past that was “successful”, “productive”, or “positive” for you. This may be a story about how your uncle taught you to fish, an assignment you did really well on in school, or a life-lesson that you learned and will carry with you. The important thing is that you discuss WHY and HOW this learning experience was good for you and had a positive effect on you.
Choice 2: Discuss a learning experience from your past that was “unsuccessful”, “negative”, or “pointless”. This may be a story about how your uncle taught you to fish (or not), an assignment you did really badly on in school, or a failed learning experience that you just want to forget. The important thing is that you discuss WHY and HOW this learning experience didn’t work for you and had a negative effect on you.
Your essay will be graded on the following criteria:
* Main Point/Thesis (Does it include the the point you want to make? Is it in the
* Topic sentences and major supporting points (Do they all connect to and support the main point?)
* Details of Major Support (Are there enough specific details to support the major events
and make the story interesting?)
* Essay and Paragraph Organization...