1. Write a narrative essay about a moment in your childhood or adolescence when you were embarrassed or ashamed. As you write, pay attention to your point of view, specific details, and organization.
2. Write a narrative essay recounting a humorous incident in your life. Use the following questions to start thinking about the incident: Where were you? What happened? Who witnessed the incident? Did you think it was humorous at the time? Do you view it differently now? Why or why not? Choose words and phrases for your narrative that convey a humorous tone like David Sedaris.
3. Relate an incident in your life where you learned a lesson or made an important discovery.
4. Think about a significant historical event that took place in your lifetime, such as an election or political event, a devastating earthquake or another natural disaster, or a well-publicized media event. Tell the story of what you were doing on that day when you heard the news of the event.
Think of how you should write and structure your narrative. Remember, a narrative should be chronological.
Use the planning guide below to help you. You can always change what you want each paragraph to focus on.
Sample Planning Guide:
1. Introductory Paragraph announcing the topic and including the thesis statement:
2. Paragraph 1: Background about ….
3. Paragraph 2: Personal narrative about ….
4. Paragraph 3: Example struggles about…
5. Paragraph 4: Realization about….
6. Concluding paragraph that recaps the thesis.