Assignment for Essay #1
your first essay assignment, we will work on a writing form that many college
level classes start out with: the personal narrative. Here we have an opportunity to look at our own childhood experiences
to find an event that possibly helped shape who we are today. And in the spirit of writing narratives, I
offer you a thought from the introduction to 75
In telling our stories, particularly autobiographical pieces, we ourselves learn more about from where we come, some of the “stuff” we are made of, and consequently, understand more of who we are.
Objectives: The objectives of essay one are two-fold. The first is to develop your understanding of the concept of thesis, of your main idea, your main point. Work to make your thesis focused, significant, and clearly recognizable to your audience. The second objective is to provide support for your thesis. Attempt to make sure you give specific, concrete evidence that we, as readers can follow logically, and that clearly supports your thesis, your main point. In personal narratives, this includes relating experiences with sensory detail and using choice action words (verbs) to relate the event/s. In addition, selective dialogue (as there is always someone besides yourself, that “peoples” your narrative essay) should find its way in these writings.
Directions: Think of a particular incident in your life, especially from childhood, that stands out for you today. You may not know why it does, but you do remember it. Next, begin filling in the blank white paper (or the screen) by writing as much as you can remember about the incident and/or making notes or lists of details about it. Then proceed to shape it into a piece with an introductory first paragraph including your main point (the why of your choosing this subject, which you will eventually know, through revisions), and continue with succeeding paragraphs as your story unfolds. Be sure your last paragraph gives the reader a sense of closure.
Due Dates: Check the class schedule for peer review date (where you bring three typed copies) and date that you must hand in the final copy to your instructor.
Length of essay: 3-4 pages.