Personal Narrative

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This writing assignment involves writing your Personal Narrative. Once you draft your essay and 
revise, you may submit it for feedback. The feedback will help you write the final draft; your 
final draft will be graded. 
Option #1: A Life-Changing Moment 
Think of a specific experience that had a huge impact on you–something that really changed 
your life in some way (winning the state championship, riding your first roller coaster, surviving 
a car accident, going on your first date, etc.). Then, write a narrative about that experience. 
Make sure that it has an introduction, several body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use time, 
dialogue, descriptive details, and one point-of-view to tell the story leading up to the climax of 
your life-changing moment. For instance, if your life-changing moment discusses your first date, 
the last body paragraph before the conclusion should detail your date and the previous body 
paragraphs should explain the events leading up to the date. 
The conclusion should sum up the major subtopics in your story as well as explain how this 
event changed you. For instance, did it teach you a lesson? Did you walk away with a new 
appreciation for something? 
Sample Thesis Statement: “After I got to know John, I discovered that you should not judge 
people on first appearances.” Your job after this is to tell the story of this thesis statement. 
Remember to underline your thesis! 
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Option #2: Crossroads 
We have all been in situations where we have had to make crucial choices–choices that 
affected us in potentially life-changing ways (going back to school, buying a house, having a 
child, choosing a college, etc.). Write a narrative describing this type of situation. Make sure 
that it has an introduction, several body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use time, dialogue, 
descriptive details, and a single point of view to describe the situation, making sure that you 
explain what caused it (suggested for body paragraph 1), what decision you made (suggested 
for body paragraph 2), and how that decision impacted you (suggested for body paragraph 3). 
In your conclusion, you will want to sum up your story and explain whether your choice was 
the best one for you and why. 
Sample Thesis Statement: “Moving out of my parents’ house was bad because I needed to 
either buy a home or rent an apartment, and because a down payment for the home I wanted 
would deplete my savings, I chose to rent an apartment.” 
Formatting requirements are on the next page. 
 Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the 
following information: 
• Your first and last name 
• Course Title (Composition I) 
• Assignment name (Personal Narrative) 
• Current Date 
Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words. 
Format: 
• Double-spacing throughout 
• Title, centered after heading 
• Standard 12-point font (Arial, TimesNewRoman, Calibri) 
• 1” margins on all sides 
• Save the file using one of the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt 
Underline your thesis statement. 
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