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Student Reminders! EN100 Students: Diagnostic Paragraphs Due 9/9


Welcome Back! Welcome Back, UWP Students. Thus begins the fall semester!


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Theme 1 Instructions: Narration

Write a narrative essay using one of the prompts below.

  1. A time when you almost won, but didn’t.
  2. A time when you didn’t feel very good about yourself.
  3. A time when someone inspired you.
  4. A time when you learned what it meant to be a woman or a man.
  5. Your first crush or first date.
  6. A time when you realized how much someone (or something) meant to you.

Remember the things that we talked about in terms of structure and the tools that you should use to compose the narrative.


  • Opening: Sets the scene, hooks the reader.
  • Body: Develops the conflict, builds to a climax
  • Closing: Resolves the conflict (remember to stay in the story)

You should imply your thesis in the final draft, but for the rough draft you might want to state it.

The Tools

  • Dialogue
  • Description: Use the techniques we learned for the paragraphs
  • Tense: Keep it consistent
  • Order: Chronological, for the most part. Some exceptions:
    • Flashback
    • Foreshadowing
  • Scene vs. summary: Show, don’t tell.
  • Point of View. Use first person, in most instances.

What to bring next time:

  • Bring a completed narrative draft to class next time.
    • It must be typed
    • It must be double spaced
    • It should run at least three pages
    • It should be titled and use the MLA heading we practiced in class
  • If you do not have a completed draft next time, do not come to class. The rest of the class will be peer editing their papers, and you will not have a paper to exchange.
  • Do not come to class with a half-done or hand-written paper.

Peer Editing Grading

5 points: Your completed draft
10 points: Your comments on your peer’s work.


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