ENGL 101
English Composition I
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This is the actual essay assignment. The information sheet explaining this type of essay is here.

For this assignment, you will be writing a narrative that fits the title:

"The Stupidest Thing I Ever Did."

You can interpret that title however you'd like, but the essay should somehow fit the title.

To produce an acceptable narrative essay, the writer should:
-- use grammatically appropriate sentence structures
-- Organize the essay so that it is a story with a clear beginning, middle and end
-- Use appropriate paragraph breaks to control the flow of information
-- Use transitions both within and between the paragraphs
-- Develop and explain the essay content completely
-- Communicate a clear and specific purpose to an audience

Remember that the writer of a personal narrative needs to keep several factors in mind:

Purpose --
There needs to be a reason, not only for writing the narrative, but also for why the reader should read it.
Audience --
The writer needs to know who his/her audience is and how their needs will affect the way the narrative is composed and presented.
Focus --
The writer needs to be in control of the information being presented to the reader.