Personal narrative/I am essay

English 4                                                          Name
Write a clear and concise essay explaining who you are by telling a story that describes who you are as a person or define yourself. Use examples from your life and experiences to support your point. Be sure to focus on what defines you – you can use a variety of topics to help define you such as important influences, experiences, etc. **Keep in mind that you are trying to present a three-dimensional version of yourself to the reader with your words. Since the reader cannot physically see you while they are reading your paper, create a picture in their mind of yourself using description and information that paints an image that they would want to meet you. Be sure to show the reader not just tell the reader. Think about how you would try to convince someone to take a chance on you without ever knowing or meeting you.
Your essay should be complete and a minimum of 250 and a maximum of 1500 words. Make it interesting and fluid. Your paper is due at the end of class ____________. Choose from the following prompts to complete your scholarship essay:
Essay Prompts: You may use one of these prompts or create one of your own.

  1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national or international concern and its importance to you.
  3. Indicate a person or character that has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you and explain that influence.
  5. Is the artist’s primary function to create beauty or provoke thought? Explain your answer.

Use the following to help you get started and to edit your paper.
–          Write I on a blank page.
–          Tell the story as it flows from your mind.
–          Let the story rest in its scattered, unfocused form. Begin rewriting. Shaping events in a way to best suit what you want to say.
–          Rejoice when the “aha” of your experience is revealed.
–          Re-write, re-write, and re-write. Use language that is full of words that tap into the senses.
–          Get feedback from a reader. Re-write. Have the essay read aloud. Listen.
–          Fine tune and tweak.
Grades will be on mechanics, creativity and by demonstration of your personality through your writing. There will be a 1-point deduction per mistake/error – spelling, grammar, etc.
Creativity                                 10 points
Representation of self           25 points
Overall fluidity                        15 points
Content                                    50 points
All work must be complete and turned in on time to have the option of rewrite. Due _________.