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. Jansen 5 4 3 2 1 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.