Narrative Essay

Human beings are natural storytellers, and we tell stories in natural patterns and progressions. In this course, we’ve been working with the Hero’s Journey, which consists of a specific series of steps in the development of a narrative. For the Narrative Essay assignment, you will write a story in essay form about a moment in time that has impacted you greatly, or changed you, especially in terms of choosing the healthcare field. You may use the same story that you wrote about in your Hero’s Journey paragraph as the basis for your Narrative Essay. Or, you may choose another approach. But either way, think about the story that you’re choosing to tell, and why it is meaningful. For example, maybe you wish to share the story of a relative’s heroic battle with cancer. The meaning of this story may be that it inspired you to become a nurse. Or, consider the concept of caring, which is central to the nursing profession: perhaps the story of working with a person of a different faith taught you to better respect and care for people of different backgrounds. Note that you are not writing a short story, but rather a formal essay, with an introduction (to provide context for the story and its meaning, and the central idea of the story); a body (to develop the main points of the story); and a conclusion, (to tie the narrative back to that central idea presented in the introduction). Please review the rubric for this assignment by clicking here. For an example of an “A” Narrative Essay from a former student, click here. Prewriting and Planning Details Prewriting and planning are essential to writing an effective essay, so for this week’s assignment, you will complete the prewriting and planning steps of the process for developing the Narrative Essay. To complete the prewriting and planning assignment, you will submit one document (or perhaps multiple documents) that include ALL of the following: A prewriting/”discovering” exercise to generate lots of ideas, like freewriting, brainstorming, or concept mapping. (6 points) A working thesis statement (directly addresses the prompt; most effective as the last sentence of the introduction). (4 points) An outline of your essay. For the introduction, use background details that the reader would need to know to understand the events of the day you had your experience. (10 points)

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