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I. INTRODUCTION

GENERALIZATION:

* Introduce your subject with a Generalization, Quote, Quip, Question, or Statistic.

* Generalize about these types of experiences OR these types of lessons.

* “Everyone,” “Most people,” Most of us”

* Mind your Pronoun Reference.

* “Most of us have had some experience with death in our lives.”

* “Most of us have learned that drugs are harmful.”





NARROW TOWARDS YOU:

* “Some”

* “Others”

* different types of experiences with death

* different types of lessons involving drugs

(narrowing through Classification)








YOU:

* The “I” should flow logically from the “Others;” they should be related somehow—opposites, parallels.


* “However, I …”

* “As a matter of fact, I, too, …”

* “As for me” or “In my life”





BRIEF BACKGROUND:

* Be brief: year, season, names, location

* Set the scene, situation.





THESIS:
*TOPIC + MAIN IDEA + SUPPORT*
* What kind of experience?

* What kind of lessons learned?

* Just mention the lessons, in general; you will go in to detail regarding those lessons in the Conclusion.

* “This tragic experience has taught me valuable lessons concerning death, life, family, and love.”








II. BODY PARAGRAPHS

# of PARAGRAPHS:

* In this Descriptive-Narrative Essay (as well as the Process Essay to come), the number of Body paragraphs is NOT fixed.

* In the other essays, you will write 5 total paragraphs: Intro., 3 Body, Conclusion.

* However, here, you will write an Intro. and a Conclusion and then break the Body into phases:

* Perhaps beginning, middle, end.

* Perhaps at the funeral home, in the car, at the cemetery.

** Please make sure that you do NOT have one long Body paragraph.





ORDER:

* Tell your story in chronological order:

* time sequence, linear progression

* Use transitions: next, then, afterwards

** VERBS = past tense

** NO background in the Body—get to the story immediately after the Thesis.







DESCRIPTIVE” NARRATION:

* Be SPECIFIC.

* Use details that appeal to the senses.

* Use descriptive adjectives and adverbs.

* Use the proper term—the exact word.







V. CONCLUSION

FULL CIRCLE:

* Refer to opening generalization, scenario.

* Refer to your purpose.

** Do NOT merely cut-&-paste your Introduction







THESIS:

* Repeat thesis (not exact words).

* Repeat the reasons/types/traits.






LESSONS:

*** Explain in detail the lessons learned from the experience.

*** You mentioned them, in general, in the Thesis Statement.

*** Now explain them in full here.








CLINCHER SENTENCE:

* Write a single sentence to signal the end to this essay.

* Make it relevant to the essay’s topic, purpose, audience.

* If, for example, you just wrote a story about the death of a father-figure, then end with a statement that refers to role models, death, and admiration.



* “If more people were like Sergeant Williams, then the world would be a much better place.”





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