Writing Process

Descriptive Essay

Narrative Essay

Exemplification Essay

Personal Essay

Common Writing Mistakes

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Tell the story of the first time
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You rode your bike without training wheels You drove a car You went on a date You stayed away from your parents overnight You stayed awake all night

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Narrative Essay

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Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. In Stamps, Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional AfricanAmerican family, community, and culture.

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Graduation by Maya Angelou, page 23 in Great Writing
 Meaning and Idea questions #1 and #2 on page 132

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

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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 ( You ) 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

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It needs everything a story needs (these are known as the story elements):

 Plot  Setting  Characters  Dialogue  Conflict  Climax

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What are some examples from this essay of the narrative elements we ve discussed so far?

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Personal experience; Told in first person I, me, my, we Very descriptive Real characters Good use of dialogue to advance the story A moral

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Television shows wouldn t exist without the writers who write them. For example, these big names all have a stable of writers supplying them with witticisms: David Letterman Jay Leno Stephen Colbert Jon Stewart Regis and Kelly Ophra Winfrey

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In writing the story, keep in mind the following:
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Work together as a writing team and put together a winning narrative essay television pilot.

Robert McKee - Scriptwriter

Robert McKee on writing the Story

As a life long benchwarmer for the mighty Troy Buchanan Trojans, Pete Hacker s goal in life is to have just one shot at becoming a football hero.

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Setting  What s the setting of this narrative? Describe it using figurative language, appealing to the five senses. Character  Besides Pete, what characters are in this story? What are their names? What are their histories? How do they dress, act, talk? Who s the protagonist? Who s the antagonist? Conflict  What is the conflict here? Whose at odds with who? Where s the tension? Man versus man? Man versus himself? Man versus nature/God? What is Pete s conflict? Dialogue  How do the characters sound? What do they say? Write some typical dialogue the protagonist might have with his antagonist Climax  What is the peak of this story? What is Pete s defining moment? How does it happen? How is it played out? What is the moral of the episode? What is the challenge? Resolution

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