NARRATIVE PARAGRAPH GUIDELINES
A narrative paragraph or essay is an account of an incident or series of incidents that make up a complete and significant action.
A narrative paragraph has 5 parts
- Situation â€“ the background for the action.
- Conflict â€“ some type of friction, such as a problem with the surroundings, with another person or entity, or within yourself. The conflict, which is at the heart of each narrative, produces struggle.
- Struggle â€“ which need not be physical, is the manner in which you deal with the conflict. Struggle adds action or engagement and advances the plot.
- Outcome â€“ result of the struggle.
- Meaning â€“ the significance of the storyâ€”simple or philosophical â€“ can be stated or implied.
Since you are conveying a personal experience, the point of view will be first person.
Ex: My early years were spent in the woods of Michigan. I was raised by a wolf pack on the Upper Peninsula. When I turned twelve, the pack moved to Canada, leaving me behind. From that moment on, I had a profound distrust of wolves.
Your narrative essay does not need to be as rigorously structured as most academic essays:
Narratives do not contain an argument.
- No research is required, and all of the writing will come from a personal or observational aspect.
- Narratives also require that you write from the first person point-of-view (I, me, my).
- The language and terminology you use will be descriptive rather than coldly analytical or argument driven.
- Your thesis is simply an identification of the setting or situation you will be writing about.
- Be careful not to go overboard with the descriptive language.
- Read the assignment instructions carefully for your organizational plan and other details pertaining to the assignment.