I'm writing a Narrative Essay for composition and it has to be around 650 words. I need help starting this Narrative Essay. I'm going to write about how being bi-cultural allows me to view certain...

I'm writing a Narrative Essay for composition and it has to be around 650 words. I need help starting this Narrative Essay. I'm going to write about how being bi-cultural allows me to view certain places in a different perspective. In this essay, I am going to talk about how my native country, Colombia is full of poverty, while my town in America that I live in now is very wealthy, and how this helps me realize how fortunate I am to live here. how should I start this essay? Please write me a Narrative using these aspects so I can better understand how to start mine. 

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price7781 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Well, I’m not going to write a narrative for you, but I can give you some great tips!  From your description of what you want to write about, I see an effective narrative by setting up and describing a series of opposites showing the differences between Colombia and the United States.   You can do this in several ways, but the best way is to show us visually.  Here are some tips:

  • Before you start drafting, make a list of visual differences between the two places.  Be very specific and descriptive.  Use this list to add details to your writing.
  • In addition, make a list of differences you experience in sounds, smells, how things feel, and perhaps even how things taste.  Use these sensory details to make an impact in showing how the two places are different.
  • You could start your story at the point you are leaving Colombia.  Perhaps you are looking out the window of your car at your house or neighborhood as you drive away.  Maybe you start the story as you are flying over your home town for the last time.  Describe it!
  • Because your topic allows for looking at opposites between the two places, you could end your writing as you get to your home.  The writing would come full circle that way. 
  • Put your personal thoughts and feelings into the writing.  Were you scared?  Apprehensive?  Happy? 
  • Your narrative should be in chronological order, but I also see where using flashbacks would be powerful as well.  Ex. This reminds me of a time when in Colombia. . . 
  • Use figures of speech like similes and metaphors.  For example. . . Landing in the United States was like touching down on Mars.  Colombia smells like fresh rain after a sudden storm.
  • Your narrative should have an introduction, rising action, a conflict (maybe how you are feeling), a climax, and a resolution.  I hope that your teacher has gone over this structure with you. 
  • Don’t try to include every detail like . . . We got our luggage and then got in a cab.  We drove down the street and parked in the driveway of our new house.  Choose events and details that are important and really tell your story.
  • Only include dialogue if it is saying something important.  Your reader doesn’t need to hear a “Hi, how are you” conversation.

I hope this helps!  Good luck!

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