We read many articles in this class related to ‘new media’ and its effects on our lives. Thus, for this writing assignment, you will write an essay about an incident or experience in your life that has been meaningful to you in relation to our course topic. You will be choosing a very specific place or time and bring out the emotive of the piece in detail. This is a scaffolded assignment, meaning use the tools you used to be descriptive in this piece. You will be using readings to guide your work (at least 5 properly cited sources). Your task is to develop the essay with details that will demonstrate the significance of your experience with ‘new media.’
How long should it be?
5-6 pages, typed, double spaced, 1” margins, 12-point font, APA 7 format.
What is a Narrative Essay?
“Narrative” means telling what happened. An essay is different from a story in that the narrative in the essay is a tool that’s used to make a point. It’s pretty likely that you will not discover the point until you have spent some time working on it.
What makes a good personal narrative?
A good personal narrative will take the reader step by step through the experience.
A good personal narrative uses the senses to describe things. The reader wants to smell, touch, taste, hear and see the story unfold.
A good personal narrative incorporates dialogue and metaphors along with good sensory description.
See tips below to help you as you write your personal narrative.
Have a strong lead for your introduction paragraph.
Each paragraph needs a transition, topic sentence, detail sentences, conclusion sentence (indent paragraph by hitting the TAB button).
The personal narrative is about ONE SHORT MOMENT in time.
Expand on details; use the magic camera approach to zoom into the moment. Your character and setting descriptions should be so detailed that I could draw a picture from your written description.
Have a reflection paragraph for your conclusion. In this reflection paragraph, look back on this moment and explain how it has affected you, the people around you, and/or the world around you. Be sure not to use YOU in this. You are reflecting, not telling the reader how to feel.
Re-read and have someone else read it. Check to make sure each sentence has a subject and predicate. Make sure you are in the same tense (past or present) the entire time, check comma placement, dialogue rules, etc.
Make sure you have a title and the paper is in APA 7 format (at least 5 FULL pages – only one small space between paragraphs).
Use strong word choice. Get rid of words such as said, good, bad, happy, etc.
Show me your emotion and explain WHY you were devastated or why you were overjoyed.
Take your time; do not wait until the last minute. You are capable of this task; I know you can succeed. Writing papers take time, but there is a great sense of accomplishment when hard work has been put into a paper.

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