Biographical Narrative Essay Format

Where To Search For Excellent Biographical Narrative Essay Samples

There are plenty of people who look for essay samples. Finding someone else's completed work can give you ideas on how to go about writing years. Since most (though hopefully all) of the samples you find will be written in the correct format and style, it can also be a good example to follow. If you're not sure where to begin, looking over samples can inspire you.

Here are things that can be found in a good sample:

  • Someone's life story is being told, so it should be worded in such a way that the readers feel like they're experiencing the events first-hand.
  • People's names and places should be included, and yes, their real names should be used. They should not be changed for any reason. People should be able recognize some of the places and/or events, and if names are changed, no one will be able to do that.
  • There is a purpose to the story and it is consistent throughout.
  • Everything should be in chronological order. Events, dates and times should be told exactly as they happened.
  • There should be a thesis (every essay has one). The information in the essay should support that. The thesis is commonly used as the 'purpose' of the essay. If the two don't match, the information may not be accurate, and it clearly isn't consistent.
  • Detail should be used – it should be descriptive, not vague.
  • It should give a clear meaning of the story (or events) and what it meant to the person the essay is about: how it shaped his or her life.

Now let's get back to finding your sample. If you haven't considered the internet before, you should do so now. It's true that not everything there is reliable, but finding samples should be simple enough. Just keep in mind that not all schools follow the same style or format, so while you may find great samples, don't use them as your writing example unless you know it matches the one your school has given out.

The best way to know that you're writing your biographical essay the correct way is to search for samples at your very school. There should be essays from previous students kept in the records, so ask your teacher for help in finding those. Not only will you be certain that you're using the best style, but you can also see what is expected of you, and what your teachers are looking for.

(Genres and Their Characteristics):

Students combine the rhetorical strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description to produce texts of at least 1,500 words each. Student writing demonstrates a command of standard American English and the research, organizational, and drafting strategies outlined in Writing Standard 1.0.

2.1 Write biographical or autobiographical narratives or short stories:

a. Relate a sequence of events and communicate the significance of the events to the audience.
b. Locate scenes and incidents in specific places.
c. Describe with concrete sensory details the sights, sounds, and smells of a scene and the specific actions, movements, gestures, and feelings of the characters; use interior monologue to depict the characters’ feelings.
d. Pace the presentation of actions to accommodate changes in time and mood.
e. Make effective use of descriptions of appearance, images, shifting perspectives, and sensory details.


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