Topics: Writing, Camping, Short story Pages: 19 (1126 words) Published: April 19, 2015
The Narrative Essay:
It Differs From a Simple
Rana Hajj Tabbara

What is a Narrative Essay?
• A narrative is a story
• A narrative essay is a story that has a
specific point
– A narrative essay strives to teach a lesson
– A narrative essay strives to make a specific
– A narrative essay is not a diary entry – the
story is linked to the purpose of the essay

What Should Be Included in a
Narrative Essay?
• Often written in 1st person – I or we – because it
is based on a personal story
• Can also be written in 3rd person
• Can never be written in 2nd person
• Has specific sensory details to get the reader
hooked on the story
• Is developed in chronological order
• Has verbs that help paint a picture and draw in
the reader

What Else Does the Narrative
Essay Need?
• Since this is a story, the narrative essay
needs everything a story needs (these are
known as the story elements):
– Has characters
– Has a problem
– Has a climax
– Often uses dialogue

Planning the Narrative Essay
• Write a thesis statement, just as with any other
• Brainstorm for a personal story or observation
that illustrates or proves the thesis statement
• Outline or web the important parts of the story to
be told
• Write an introductory paragraph that includes
the thesis statement, and then write the story
• Because this is a story, use as many
paragraphs as necessary to tell the story
• Write the conclusion that reflects on the thesis

Start With a Thesis Statement
• The thesis will depend upon the story to
be proven.
• The thesis can be something general in
the case of a narrative essay. For
example, you may write, “Oftentimes
people do not follow simple directions.
However, these campers learned just how
important following directions can be.”

• What do you expect to learn from the
thesis statement?
“Oftentimes people do not follow simple
directions. However, these campers
learned just how important following
directions can be.”

What Would You Expect From This
• As the reader, you will expect to learn why
following directions is important.
• As the reader, you will expect to read a
story about camping.
• As the reader, you will expect there to be a
twist in the action.

Outline the Parts of the Story and
Write Out the Story
An Informal Outline of the Story:
• Two campers go camping and ignore rules
• They leave out food
• An animal finds the food
• One of the campers tries to scare off the
• Campers learn to follow the rules

Let’s Read the Essay – The
It was a wonderful week to camp in the great
outdoors, even if some of their friends thought it
was a strange way to honeymoon. Trudy and
Jeff were looking forward to their week at Great
Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
Little did they know what a learning experience
this trip would be. Oftentimes people do not
follow simple directions. However, these
campers learned just how important following
directions can be.

Setting the Scene of the Story
After a scenic drive through the glorious
mountains, Trudy and Jeff arrived at the
camping area. A ranger at the booth handed
them a map and asked, “Have you ever camped
with us before?”
“A better question would be if we ever
camped before,” Jerry answered wryly.
“You’ll be fine. Just remember, this isn’t a
hotel. We do have bears and other animals in
the area, so lock your food up in the car,” said
the ranger as he handed them a lists of Do’s and

Developing the Plot
Exhausted from their first attempt at
setting up a campsite, Trudy and Jeff
crawled inside the tent that evening,
giggling and whispering to each other.
They doused the light inside the tent and
ignored the world outside the canvas. The
ranger’s list was left laying on the tent

Continuing the Action – Vivid Word
Just before sunrise, Jerry was awakened by
the sounds of...
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