ENG 121 Week 2 Narrative Essay Draft


Narrative Essay Draft. The body of the essay draft must be 500 to 600 words in length (approximately two body pages), and it must have a title page. The essay must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.

Choose one of the following topics:

a. Draft a narrative about returning to school. You may explore the issues regarding why you decided to return to school, the benefits of obtaining a college degree, changes in your lifestyle required for you to pursue your degree, obstacles to successful completion of your degree program, strategies you will use to overcome these obstacles, or any other subject related to your educational pursuits.

b. Draft a narrative about a singular experience you have had within the last few years that strikes you as particularly significant and has changed the way you are or the way you think about things. Note: This essay should recount and examine one experience only (not several). Yes: The day your car broke down. No: The car troubles you have had all year.

For this essay, you should practice the strategies discussed in Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Essentials of College Writing.

Before writing the draft, generate ideas for the paper by using one of the techniques discussed in Chapter 4, such as listing, preparing an outline or tree chart, brainstorming, free writing, mind mapping, or using the “Five W’s and an H” Questions. Remember that “story starters” are everywhere. Think about it—status updates on social media websites can be a good place to start. You may have already started a “note” on Facebook, and now is your chance to develop that idea into a full narrative. If you keep a journal or diary, a simple event may unfold into a more developed narrative. Simply said, your stories may be closer than you think! (Your notes or outline will not be submitted, as you have used the discussion forum to share your methods as you prepare your draft.)

As you write the draft, make sure you have a thesis statement that asserts your purpose for your narrative, a logical order (narrative often employs chronological order), and elements of effective narration. If you get stuck, review Chapter 5 for advice on writing a personal narrative and review the Steve Martin narrative. Note: Have you ever interrupted someone in the middle of telling a story and asked, “So, what’s your point?” If so, you understand the importance of the narrative thesis. Unlike an argumentative thesis, a narrative thesis argues the point of telling the story. A narrative thesis always makes the case for a story’s value or validity.

After writing the draft, proofread for grammatical, mechanical, and stylistic errors. For information about the 20 Common Writing Errors in composition courses, go the Ashford Writing Center (Chapter 6, Section 6.1) and then review Fixing Common Grammar Errors for advice on how to address those errors (Chapter 6, Section 6.6).

Word Range: 500-600

Estimated Time on Task: 4-6 hours

Note: Students may not use recycled versions of es


ENG 121 Week 2 Narrative Essay Draft,

Motivated Success                                  1

Not usually but often enough we see the same case scenario, people making it to college and then dropping out within the first year. Why do you think that this kind of thing happens? How many people do you know that have went to college and can honestly say that they are still working in general to graduate? Personally, there are not many people that I know who have graduated from a college which is why we see most people going back to school after so many years.

There can be many reasons why a person does not finish school the first time around. May it be because of money issues, their interest were elsewhere at the time, a change in career directed their focus elsewhere, but whatever that may be it happens more than we would like to think. I just so happen to fall into this category of people going back to school after I had been once before but never finished. Throughout this essay I will inform readers on why I am returning back to school, my purpose behind it all, obstacles that have gotten in my way because I am returning and my ambitions that drove me to even consider going back to school.

There are many reasons that I am going back to school. One main reason that I am going back to school is because I needed to further my education in order to receive an Associate’s degree in early childhood development. By pursuing to earn this degree I will be that much closer in achieving my long term goal of becoming a day care owner. When I complete this long term goal I will be able to give back to my community where the people in the community can receive employment close to home. I can also service my community with a caring and loving day care that offers what most day care centers in the community does not. For example, I can provide free day care service in the month of December to help the mothers out with the Christmas season in efforts to spread a little holiday cheer. I have yet to witness these doings in any other day care that I have been to over the years. I know that this is possible because I am

Motivated Success

Currently running a small child care development center in my home so I have already experienced these activities first hand. This is a big difference in how I


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