English 1302 Project 1: Narrative Argument
100 points/2 pp ds, 2 research citations ©2016 Stacia Campbell, Ph.D. Relevant Reading: Chapters 2&9 of Argument Today textbook
Using your chapter readings, class discussion, and instructor’s guidance,
of at least two pages double-spaced MINIMUM (not
counting header, blank lines, or title lines, but actual original text written by you!)
Your story MUST BE PRECISE, based on events EXPERIENCED OR OBSERVED IN 5 minutes to ONE HOUR of time, no more. Yes, you can do this! It’s not an autobiography that you are writing; it’s a short and POWERFUL narrative argument—a story that argues on its own through the powerful way that you tell it! Think of it as a “slice-into-life-up-close-moment-memoir”!
Revisit the “Quick View” on Page 174 of your textbook, noting that “narratives are generative because they invite an audience to identify” and “are useful for challenging or reinforcing existing cultural frames.” Also note the sequence: 1) scene setting, 2) complication, 3) evaluation, 4) resolution, 5) (optional “lesson” or call to action). See Pages 176-179 for great tips on these! See Pages 179-180 for style and design tips!
Brainstorming Question: WHAT STORY COULD YOU TELL THAT WOULD “ILLUSTRATE HOW REAL PEOPLE EXPERIENCE THE WORLD” (174)—providing a way to be persuasive through detail-rich storytelling when perhaps reasoning would not succeed? What powerful assertion could you make through a single non-fiction story?
WRITE A NARRATIVE
RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS (THERE ARE TWO):
1) INTERVIEW AT LEAST ONE PERSON WHO CAN SOMEHOW “TESTIFY” TO YOUR EXPERIENCE OR OBSERVATION (it could even be the person who experienced what you saw happen!)
Find a way to incorporate a quote from this person SMOOTHLY into your conclusion.
2) INTRODUCE IN YOUR OWN WORDS AND INCORPORATE A WORKING WEB LINK TO A VIDEO THAT RELATES TO YOUR STORY SOMEHOW (you decide that interesting connection as the author!)
Don’t forget that you will need to create a CORRECTLY FORMATTED WORKS CITED PAGE with the interview and the video as entries! (Visit Pages 396-397 and 405 in our Argument Today textbook if you are having trouble remembering how to do a Works Cited page from English 1301! You are accountable for this skill being already developed when you begin English 1302; see a tutor if you need a review!)
Reminder: Your Works Cited page is a SEPARATE double-spaced LAST PAGE with a centered header “Works Cited” (always!) and DOES NOT COUNT toward length!
- 1) Engaging narrative content that “argues for itself” (without a thesis statement)
- 2) Minimum length met and minimum research requirements met
- 3) Incorporation of narrative elements including title, scene setting,
characterization, dialogue (in quotes, even if internal thoughts of you as the
narrator), conflict, pacing techniques, and resolution.
- 4) College-level sentence structures that are free of serious grammar errors
such as run-ons and comma splices, and reveal attempts at style and sophistication (intentional syntax, parallel structures, evocative word choice, etc.)
- 5) Correctly formatted Works Cited page with at least two entries per assignment specifications
- 6) Bonus gauntlet for “outstanding” level = an intriguing title, powerful sensory detail, at least one original metaphor of your own, and evidence of strong temporal, spatial, and logical transitions.