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					Narrative Essay:

Telling A Personal Story
      With Meaning
                  Narrative:
                  What is it?
• A personal essay
• About something important to you
• A big event, special day, cause, belief, opinion,
  current issue or event , worldview
• A time when you were proud of yourself, A time
  when you had reached a certain goal, an
  experience that made an impact, or changed
  your views
• Something that taught you a lesson, or a lesson
  you want to teach
   What makes a good narrative
            essay?
• Good Organization
  – Planning
  – Pick your topic
  – Make a claim, establish the thesis/argument,
    moral of the story
  – Plan how you are going to tell the story
  – Think of the beginning, middle and end of the
    story
  – Make notes about each part of the story you
    want to tell
    What makes a good narrative
             essay?
• Introduction:
  – A good opening to the story
  – Give some information about the topic.
  – Tell us where the story begins
  – Tell us what the story is about
  – TELL US THE MAIN IDEA: make your claim,
    establish your argument
   What makes a good narrative
            essay?
• Tell The Story
• Give Good Descriptions: GIVE DETAILS
  – Tell what you saw and heard, smelled or
    tasted
  – Tell what was going on around you
  – Tell how you felt
  – Tell about the people around you
  – Answer these questions:
  – Who, What, Where, When, Why and How?
   What makes a good narrative
            essay?
• Find a meaning to your story.
  – What is something you learned from this
    special event, about this issue, what do you
    have to say about the topic
  – How has your experience influenced you or
    changed you?
  – Why do you make your claim? Why should we
    accept your argument?
  – What can others learn from your story?
   What makes a good narrative
            essay?
• A good ending: The Conclusion

  – End the story by telling us what the story was
    about.
  – Tell us what the story means to you.
  – Tell us what we can learn from the story.
                    Format
• You can use “I” in your story. It is your story.
  You can tell it however you want.
• Make sure it has a good beginning, middle and
  end. It can be a long or short story. Just make
  sure you tell a complete story.
• Make sure you have an introduction paragraph,
  then tell the story in the paragraphs that follow;
  and finally, write a conclusion that tells what the
  story means to you.
              Remember
• You all have many stories to tell that are
  important. By sharing your stories with
  others you can learn from them and share
  what you have learned. Everyone has had
  special events and memorable times in
  their lives; everyone has beliefs, values
  and opinions that are worthy of sharing.
  We all have a meaningful story to tell.
 The most important thing to
       remember is:
   YOU
 ARE THE
  STAR
 OF YOUR
NARRATIVE
  ESSAY!
               Jeannie’s Narrative:
                  Introduction
                             Waiting Out The Rain:
                    Reaching My Goal of Home Ownership
        It was a cold, rainy morning in November of 2003 but inside my car it
felt like I was covered in a ray of sunshine. I put in a mixed CD I had made
the night before, a collection of some of my favorite songs, to celebrate the
big occasion. I was on my way to sign the papers that would make it
official. Matt and I were buying our first home. I felt the thrill of knowing that
by the end of the day a cabin in the woods would be ours.
        As I made the 45-minute drive to Ellijay, the mountain town I now call
home, I thought of the long and sometimes difficult road we had to travel to
get to this final goal of homeownership. Matt and I were college
sweethearts, best friends, and we had been together through six years of
many ups and downs. This day I realized that sacrifice, hard work, and
laughing through the difficult moments are the only ways to reach our
goals.It was a long time coming, but we learned how to make it, rain or
shine. In order to buy our home, we had to save as much money as we
could for almost a year before we had enough for a down payment. Saving
money meant roughing it the entire summer. And when I say “rouging it,” I
mean really living in the rough!
     Matt and I lived in a tent from around May until October of
2003, almost six months, on the property where our friend
Lee lived in a 150-year-old cabin in the woods. We had an air
mattress, plastic dresser, camping chair, and a fan in the tent
that was our room in the outdoors. Lee let us camp out free
of charge, so we were able to save the money we would have
been spending on rent. It seemed like the perfect solution.
     Tent life was great the first week we camped. It felt like
we were on vacation. But the second week we were there,
the skies opened up and rain began dumping from the sky. It
poured and poured. All the creeks and rivers in Ellijay swelled
and spilled over into the meadows and fields, covering the
landscape. It was a full-scale flood, the most serious flood in
the past 100 years. As we stood on the front porch, we
watched as the little creek nearby grew into two raging
currents surrounding the cabin! And then we saw it: our little
tent came rushing by in the waters that had now risen to
nearly 4-feet deep. Our air mattress floated behind it, along
with the plastic dresser, and all the clothes and other
belongings that we had stored in the tent.
      Matt and I lived in a tent from around May until October of 2003,
almost six months, on the property where our friend Lee lives in a 150 year
old cabin in the woods.
      We had an air mattress, plastic dresser, camping chair and a fan in
the tent that was our room in the outdoors. Lee let us camp out free of
charge so we were able to save the money we would have been spending
on rent. It seemed like the perfect solution.
 Tent life was great the first week we camped. It felt like we were on
vacation. But just the second week we were there the skies opened up and
rain began dumping from the sky. It poured and poured and all the creeks
and rivers in Ellijay swelled and spilled over into the meadows and fields,
covering the landscape. It was a full scale flood, the most serious flood in
the past 100 years. As we stood on the front porch, we watched as the little
creek near by grew in to two raging currents surrounding the cabin! And
then we saw it: our little tent came rushing by in the waters that had now
risen to nearly 4 feet deep. Our air mattress floated behind it, along with the
plastic dresser and all the clothes and other belongings that we had stored
in the tent.
     Matt quickly waded out into the river that now
swallowed the yard. He grabbed the tent just before it
was carried away in the woods. Lee followed behind him
and grabbed the air mattress, which now served as a raft
for all of our muddy things that floated by. The guys
returned to the porch totally out of breath. They were
dragging the soggy air mattress. Our vacation was over.
     The next day the rain stopped and the waters went
down, but the damage had been done. Our tent was
destroyed and everything we owned that was in the tent
was covered in mud. We laughed together as we
cleaned up the mess and did our best to save the things
we could. We tried to keep a good attitude and remind
ourselves that everything could be replaced. The most
important thing was that we were all okay.
    The Meaning of The Story
      By the third week, Matt and I had a new tent, new air mattress,
and we had washed the mud out of our little plastic dresser. It was
now missing one drawer, but it still had two that worked, so we
decided to keep it. Much to our amazement, our fan actually still
worked too! We had survived Ellijay’s 100-year flood! We stayed in
the new tent for the rest of that summer and early fall. The tent was
finally put away in late October when it was just finally too cold to
camp and go to work the next morning after freezing half the night.
      The months we lived at the cabin were full of fun and adventure
and plenty of bug bites. Sometimes it was hard not having a
television or telephone (cell phones didn’t work that far in the woods);
sometimes it was terribly hot and uncomfortable; sometimes we heard
strange noises right outside the tent, and almost every night we would
get bitten by strange bugs, but we made it through and saved enough
money to buy a house. Because we were able to tough it out and live
in the tent, Matt and I were able to reach our goal of buying our first
home.
                    Conclusion
      It was still raining and cold when we arrived to sign the
paperwork to buy our home, but we knew that we would no longer
have to sleep outside in the cold, wet tent, and that made us very
happy. As soon as the stack of papers were signed, we headed to
the house to unload our belongings in the rain.
       To our delight, just as we were pulling in the driveway, the
clouds began to lift and the sun came out, like a smiling old friend.
The rays that beamed down reminded me that if we only hang on
through the rainy times, and make the most out of life, we will be
rewarded in the end.
        With hard work and a little sacrifice, we saved our money and
finally reached our goal of buying a home. By keeping a good
attitude and laughing through the hard times, we were able to have
fun along the way.

				
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