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Jansen
Personal Narrative Essay
Personal experiences have the power to concretize and illustrate abstract ideas. We are already
aware of the ways in which sharing personal experiences and opinions can have immense
rhetorical influence when employed thoughtfully and effectively in our prose. Now, it is time to
focus your energy on depicting your personal thoughts in a way that can move, inspire, and/or
teach something meaningful to your audience.
Our experiences are imbued with assumptions, expectations, insights, and cultural stances that
offer the same food for thought that any well-written text can. The point of the narrative essay is
to describe a specific event/experience that occurred in your life in order to uncover the
aforementioned imbued elements, and to reflect on how this experience can relate more universal
themes. It is expected that your efforts to effectively describe and reflect will make an implicit
argument, which will lead your audience to recognize and assess your experience in relation to
their own lives, and in turn, push them to discover something new and original about life,
culture, society, and/or themselves.
With this in mind, you will complete this assignment by Wednesday, December 19. This will be
worth 150 points and will serve as your final exam for this class.
Format
Please adhere to the following standards:
• 700-800 words (about 3 pages).
• Submitted on Google Classroom before class begins on Dec. 19.
• 12 point font
• Double-spaced
• One inch margins (this is the default setting)
• Submitted on Google Classroom (not shared via email) before class begins on December 19,
i.e., the penultimate day of school, i.e. the last Wednesday before Winter Break.
• Original, eye-catching title
• Numbered pages
• Entered in on Google Classroom before 9:53 (2nd per.), 10:48 (3rd per.), or 3:12 (7th per.) on
December 19 in the year of lord 2018.
• Edited and proofread for clarity and accuracy
• Submitted on Google Classroom before class begins on Dec. 19.
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The writer
shares an
interesting
experience.
Specific details
make the story
truly
memorable.
The writer tells
about an
interesting
experience.
Details need to
show, not tell.
The writer tells
about an
interesting
experience.
More details are
needed.ot tell.
The writer needs
to focus on one
event. Many
details do not
relate to the
story.
The writer did
not focus on
one event
and/or provide
details.
Organizatio The narrative
n
has a clear
beginning,
middle, and
ending.
Transitions are
helpful and
present
throughout.
The narrative is
organized for
the most part.
Most of the
transitions are
helpful.
Some structure
is evident in the
essay, but at
times it is
unclear at times
or lacks
transitions.
The order is
often unclear..
More transitions
are needed.
The
beginning,
middle, and
end all run
together.
Voice
The writer's
unique voice
sounds natural.
Dialogue helps
hold the
reader's
interest.
The writer's
voice creates
interest in the
essay, but
dialogue should
sound more
natural.
The writer's
voice can
sometimes be
heard. More
dialogue is
needed.
The writer's
voice is hard to
discern.
Dialogue is
needed.
The writer's
sounds
uninvolved
disinterested
in the essay
Word
Choice
Strong nouns,
verbs, and
adjectives
create clear
images and
feelings
Some stronger
nouns, verbs,
and adjectives
are needed
create a clear
picture.
More specific
nouns, verbs,
and adjectives
would paint a
clearer picture
of the event.
Many words are
overused or too
general to paint
a clear picture.
Word choice is
overly
simplistic and
far too
repetitive.
Sentence
Fluency
Sentences are
skillfully written
and expressive
with varied
structure.
Sentences are
varied, but
some should
flow more
smoothly.
Most sentences
lack variety
and/or do not
flow smoothly.
Many
incomplete or
short sentences
make the writing
choppy.
Writing is
confusing and
hard to follow.
Many
sentences are
fragments or
run-ons.
The narrative
has a few minor
errors in
punctuation,
grammar, or
spelling, but
they do not
distract the
reader.
The narrative
has some errors
that may
distract the
reader.
The narrative
has many errors
that make it hard
to read and
confusing.
The narrative
contains
numerous
serious errors.
Ideas
Convention The narrative
s&
has no errors in
Grammar
spelling,
grammar, or
punctuation.
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