EN 300 L: Essay #3 (75 points): Narrative Essay
In 750+ words, write a narrative argument. Using either an example from your
personal experience or from another source, describe in detail a sequence of events and use these
events to make an argument on a topic related to them. Your purpose is to connect with your
readers to convince them to change their opinion on an important subject. Make sure to organize
your writing around a strong thesis.
Use descriptive detail and cite sources as appropriate, and include an additional works cited page
: Your audience for this essay is a group of college students interested in social and
political issues, and who hold a wide range of views on those issues.
: Two key things to remember: first, this essay needs to tell a story, and second,
that story should be used to convince your audience of your argument, NOT just to state your
Your essay does not have to be from your own personal experience, but all outside sources need
to be cited in MLA format. I would strongly recommend using other evidence beside your
narrative, because that will help with both logos and ethos, and will help make sure your
audience finds your narrative credible and generalizable.
As always, your goal should be to use the best means of persuasion you can find in the essay. In
narrative essays, it is particularly important to use vivid, specific details in your essay. The more
your readers see events through your eyes, the more likely they are to listen carefully to your
argument and to be persuaded. You do not need to include an explicit thesis, but you should
make sure it is clear to your audience what you are arguing for.
Thesis (explicit or implicit, but a clear and specific persuasive thesis): 10 points
Narrative, evidence and detail (be specific, clear, and persuasive): 30 points
Clarity and organization: 5 points
Grammar and mechanics: 5 points