Project 1: Narratives

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This project is broken down into several different components. Please save evidence of each part (below) to turn in on the deadline set by your instructor.

To prepare for this project, please read the following:

Reading Choices

Select one of the example narratives to read and annotate:

Part 1: Pre Reading (Typed)

Describe your prior knowledge, survey the text, and make a prediction:

  1. Describe how this project connects with your own reading and writing experiences. What do you know about narrative writing? What should a narrative contain? What is the difference between a good story and a bad story? Have you read or written stories before?
  2. Describe any challenges or struggles you have experienced with writing sentences and paragraphs. How do you feel about writing in general? How do you feel about grammar and punctuation? What are some of your challenges with writing?
  3. Survey the text: look at the title, read the first paragraph, and look over the text. Write a prediction about the main points or concepts that you think will be explored in the text. Support your prediction with evidence from the text.

Part 2: Active Reading (Handwritten or Typed)

Annotate the text: This purpose of your annotation is to identify/describe important points, to identify characteristics of narrative writing, to describe your connections/reactions, and to describe what you think are the strengths and weaknesses of this example.

Part 3: Post Reading (Typed)

Select compound, complex, and compound/complex sentences

  1. Find one example of each type of sentence (compound, complex, and compound/complex or complex/compound) in the project 1 narrative examples.
  2. Break each of those sentences into kernel sentences or simple sentences.
  3. Combine these sentences in unique ways to create new compound, complex, and compound/complex or complex/compound sentences.

Part 4: Narrative Writing (Typed)

Write a personal narrative that is at least three paragraphs in length. Select one of the following:

  1. Write a narrative about your name. Tell a story that is related to your name. It could be the origin story of your name, a childhood story, or a story of what your name means to you.
  2. Write a narrative in which you describe part of your identity. Tell a story that is related to your identity. Who are you to your family, to your friends, in your workplace, or at school? How do you view yourself (and how might others view you)? What is something that is important to your identity? Why is this important to you?


  • Use a prewriting strategy to develop ideas for your narrative.
  • Create your own kernel and compound, complex, and compound/complex sentences.
  • Use your kernel sentences to develop a paragraph. Experiment with sentence structure.
  • Continue this process to develop more paragraphs. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence and vivid details.

Part 5: Reflection (Typed)

Complete a reflection: Describe what you learned about improving your writing at the sentence and paragraph level.


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