For this assignment, you will draw on your personal histories and think about a

For this assignment, you will draw on your personal histories and think about a defining moment—a moment where something changed occurred that changed you. This could be a major decision or event. It could be a small or seemingly insignificant or it can be major and seemingly significant. The choice is yours!
As you’ve read, most narratives progress through five stages: equilibrium, disruption, recognition, attempt at repairing, and a return to/a new equilibrium (see “What is Narrative?” PowerPoint PDF in Week 3 folder). Your paper will tell a narrative, personal story that includes all of these elements. So, once you have chosen the moment/experience you want to write about, take some time to reflect on that experience and consider how it connects to your present, your current, new equilibrium, and what message you want to communicate to your reader.
Your narrative essay should make your reader be able to envision the moment/s you are describing. Where were you? When was it? What was it like for you? For the people around you? What about life before this moment and after this moment does the reader need to know in order to understand your story? Who is involved? What are they like? What were their reactions compared to yours? What questions did you ask yourself in the moment?
What is like after this experience in the immediate moments that followed but also now? How often do you think of this moment? Have you not really thought about it at all but, provoked by this assignment, realized some important ways it connects to your everyday life? Do you consider this a liminal moment for you? Why?
Remember: It is important that you are showing your reader what happened; not simply telling them, so that they can read your story and visualize it. Use the examples we have read in class to help you model and craft this writing.

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