The Remembering/Narrative Essay Guidelines
The Remembering (or also called the Narrative) mode is about using the writer’s richest resource: the memory.
Tell a story…it should be descriptive.
It should be about 1 incident…a specific incident that changed your life. There should be a sequence of events that are obvious to the reader.
The story should show the lesson that you learned and how you became a better or different person as a result of the incident.
- 1-2 Pages (minimum 1 full page/maximum 3 full pages)
- Clear Thesis (gives point of story)
- Clear Intro (gives background information on story)
- Solid Body (gives the story of ONE INCIDENT)
- Strong Conclusion (explains lesson or shows significance of incident)
SHOW what happened (by using vivid details clear details clear examples, strong descriptions…PAINT A PICTURE FOR READERS.
*Metaphors and Similes
Use dialogue when needed to put readers in the action of the story. Note: Refer to the models in your text for examples. Notice how effectively the authors use dialogue.
WHAT NOT TO DO IN THE NARRATIVE: Common Mistakes
- Failure to read the models in the text BEFORE starting
- Failure to have an introduction
- Failure to have a real story w/sequence of events (e.g. you cannot tell a story about your 4 years of high school.) It is NOT AN INCIDENT.
- Failure to show a lesson or importance of story on your life
- Having Run-Ons/Comma Splices
- Failure to Proofread