Standard 1 Purpose And Direction Narrative Essays

Essay 1 - Narrative Essay (Draft). Draft a narrative essay about a significant experience. Recall a singular experience you've had within the last few years that strikes you as particularly significant and has changed the way you are or the way you think about things. Note: This essay should recount and examine ONE experience only (not several). Yes: The day your car broke down. No: The car troubles you have had all year.

This essay constitutes your first major essay draft. Please make sure you submit it according to MLA standards. As stated in the syllabus, written text should be typed, double spaced and in a standard 12-point font. Consult Topic 3: What Makes A Narrative Presentable? for more information. MLA format guidelines and a sample essay are available for viewing at the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL). Your essay should be about four to five pages typed, double-spaced (1000 words minimum). Save this version of your essay, set it aside, and come back to it as you begin the revision process.

To share your essay with your peers for feedback, cut and paste a copy of the draft in the Narrative Essay Draft Discussion. 

If you're struggling to come up with a topic for the Narrative Essay review "Prewriting: Developing Ideas" (Empire State College Writing Center).  


East Ridge High School





Standard 1: Purpose and Direction


The school maintains and communicates a purpose and direction that commit to high expectations for learning as well as shared values and beliefs about teaching and learning. 


Indicator 1.1

The school engages in a systematic, inclusive, and comprehensive process to review, revise, and communicate a school purpose for student success.


  • Minutes from meetings related to development of the schools' purpose.
  • Examples of communications to stakeholders about the school's purpose (i.e. website, newsletters, annual report, student handbook).


Indicator 1.2

The school leadership and staff commit to a culture that is based on shared values an beliefs about teaching and learning and supports challenging, equitable educational programs and learning experiences for all students that include achievement of learning, thinking, and life skills.



Indicator 1.3

The school’s leadership implements a continuous improvement process that provides clear direction for improving conditions that support student learning.



Next: Standard 2 - Governance and Leadership


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