1) Research and choose a proverb or aphorism from your textbook, the Bible, Benjamin Franklin, Confucius or Marcus Aurelius, or some other famous person and choose a story from your own life that either supports or contradicts that proverb. For example, Confucius said, “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” Put your proverb at the start of the paper above or in the first paragraph.
2) Your essay needs a title, be single spaced with one line between each paragraph, carefully edited five paragraphs, with a clear thesis in the first paragraph.
3) Do NOT choose a cliche. A cliche is not a proverb. Choose a proverb that really has meaning. Likely, the more unique your paper is, the better the grade will be. Here’s a list of cliches to avoid: http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-cliches.html (Links to an external site.)
4) Remember that a narrative essay focuses on ONE event, not many events, not on months or years. Don’t let your narrative become a sermon! Do not preach. This is a personal reflection of how a proverb applies to something specific in your life. No works cited is needed for this!
You Can pick any Aphorism you want but I personally wouldn’t mind if it was written on this one: “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
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