The following questions will serve as criteria for your personal narrative essay. You will choose the topic of your paper from one of four in-class prompts, based on the assigned reading. Essays should be 5–7 doubled-spaced, typed pages.
· Does the writer narrate a single event, or a series of events? How does the writer handle the use of anecdote?
· Does the writer use concrete, specific details and description?
· Does the writer make a point?
· Does the writer reflect (i.e. is the question, “so what?” answered)?
· Do all of the examples (details, images, word choice) point to the essay’s primary focus?
· Does the introduction hook the reader?
· Does the conclusion end abruptly or trail off?
· Does the essay have a logical organization?
· Are the transitions from paragraph to paragraph clear?
· Does the writer maintain a consistent tone?
· Is the level of diction appropriate for the audience, the ethos, and the essay’s point?
· Is the prose readable?
· Does the writer use correct grammar/mechanics?
· Does the writer vary sentence length and structure?
· Is the text free from distracting surface errors?