Personal Narrative Writing Prompt -- 100 POINTSEnglish 1 Unit 1Assignment:
In an essay, I want you to tell me about a family tradition you have. Think about the holidays (Thanksgiving,Christmas, Hanukah, Easter, Fourth of July, birthdays, etc.). Does your family do the same thing every year? Doyou always go to someone’s house? Eat your Aunt’s famous potato casserole? Open presents in a certain order?Go bowling or out to the movies after eating a huge dinner?In your essay, I want you to walk me through this tradition from the start to the end. Tell it to me like you woulda story. BE DESCRIPTIVE! As a read it, I should be able to clearly picture everything in my mind. Make sureyou cover the five senses:1.
(what does everything look like?)2.
(what does it sound like? Laughter? What kind of music?)3.
(if there is food, make sure you tell me what it all smells like; make me hungry as I readit!)4.
(what does the food taste like? My mouth should be watering when I’m done reading it)5.
(feel of the wrapping paper in your hands; holding your children; sitting by a fire, etc.)
What I’m looking for in your narrative:
At least three paragraphs
STRONG VOCABULARY (verbs, nouns, etc.)
Figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, etc.)
Sensory details (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
You should be “painting a picture” of the scene with your descriptions
Description of family tradition
Discuss three “events” that take place during this tradition
Told like you are telling me a story (beginning, middle, end, characters, setting, etc.)
Format Requirements (See Example):
MLA Style Heading
Your last name and page number in the upper right corner of the header
Go to “Insert”
Top of Page
Plain Number 3
Type your last name and hit space once