* 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.”
* different types of experiences with death
* different types of lessons involving drugs
(narrowing through Classification)
* The “I” should flow logically from the “Others;” they should be related somehow—opposites, parallels.
* “As a matter of fact, I, too, …”
* “As for me” or “In my life”
* Be brief: year, season, names, location
* Set the scene, situation.
* 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.”
* 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.
* 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.
* Be SPECIFIC.
* Use details that appeal to the senses.
* Use descriptive adjectives and adverbs.
* Use the proper term—the exact word.
* Refer to opening generalization, scenario.
* Refer to your purpose.
** Do NOT merely cut-&-paste your Introduction
* Repeat thesis (not exact words).
* Repeat the reasons/types/traits.
*** Explain in detail the lessons learned from the experience.
*** You mentioned them, in general, in the Thesis Statement.
*** Now explain them in full here.
* 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.