LM Unit Essay

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Literacy Narrative Writing
• Assignment Introduction
• Genre Overview
• Sample Narrative for
• Brainstorming Activities

What is a Narrative Essay?

A narrative is a story
A narrative essay is a story that has a specific

A narrative essay strives to teach a
lesson or
A narrative essay strives to make a
specific point
A narrative essay is not a diary entry –
the story is linked to the purpose of the

What is autobiographical

Donald Murry is trying to get his audience to
reconsider the construct of where our writing
comes from.

What does it mean to say that all writing is

What is autobiographical

He talks about how our writing is made up of personal
experiences, thoughts, and emotions about situations
we have experienced or feelings we have felt. When we
read the works of others we sometimes put ourselves into
those situations and think about what we would do or how
we feel. We try to relate what we're reading, listening to, or
watching, to our lives.

Murray states that, “We make up our own history, our own
legends, our own knowledge by writing our autobiography”
(73). What does this mean to you? Spend a few moments
thinking about this, jot some ideas down and then we will
discuss the quote as a class.

What is autobiographical

By explaining that, “we make up our own history, our own
legends, our own knowledge by writing our autobiography”
Murry may be suggesting that we take what we want from
each piece we read and can come up with our own ideas
with how we want to react to them, or even ideas for a new
topic we want to write about (73).

What Should Be Included in a
Narrative Essay?

Often written in 1st person – I or we –
because it is based on a personal story
Can also be written in 3rd person

● Can never be written in 2nd person

Has specific sensory details to get the
reader hooked on the story
Is developed in chronological order
Has verbs that help paint a picture and
draw in the reader

What Else Does the Narrative
Essay Need?

Since this is a story, the narrative essay needs
everything a story needs (these are known as the
story elements):

Has a plot and shows a depiction of events
through time

Has characters which shows connectedness
between all characters and events

Has a problem (i.e., there is tension)

Has a climax/pivotal moment

Often uses dialogue with strong concrete
details and vivid description

Resolution (either explicit or implied)

● Write a thesis statement, or rather, a

purpose statement of where you would
like your story to go.
Brainstorm for a personal story or
observation that illustrates or proves the
overall purpose of your story
Outline or web the important parts of the
story to be told
Write an introductory paragraph that
includes the thesis statement, and then
write the story
Because this is a story, use as many
paragraphs as necessary to tell the story
Write the conclusion that reflects on the

Start With a Thesis Statement
or purpose statement

This statement will depend upon the story to
be proven.
This statement can be something general in
the case of a narrative essay. For example,
you may write, “Oftentimes people do not
follow simple directions. However, these
campers learned just how important following
directions can be.”

What Would You Expect From
This Statement?

As the reader, you will expect to learn why
following directions is important.
As the reader, you will expect to read a story
about camping.
As the reader, you will expect there to be a
twist in the action.

Outline the Parts of the Story
and Write Out the Story
An Informal Outline of the Story:
● Two campers go camping and ignore rules
● They leave out food
● An animal finds the food
● One of the campers tries to scare off the
● Campers learn to follow the rules

Let’s Read the Essay – The
It was a…