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Narration

The essays below tell a story to support their theses. You can learn to write a good narrative essay here and here.

All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.

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Beware the Beagle

Emily Yoffe, Slate's "Dear Prudie" and a reformed beagle owner, explains why these headstrong little monsters might not be the best choice for a first-time dog owner.

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Cheating in College  Video

YouTube vlogger sWooZie describes what happened after he spotted two friends cheating on a humanities exam.
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Dive Nights

This brief memoir examines the conflict within a family when an economic reality crashes into a cultural value. Writer Jiayang Fan tries to understand why her parents accused her of a family "crime" that she did not commit and did not understand.

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Four-Legged Reason to Keep It Together

Timothy Braun, a writer and teacher, describes how his life changed after rescuing Dusty, a shelter dog on death row. 
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The Fourth State of Matter

Essayist Jo Ann Beard recounts a workplace shooting.

Narration Modern Challenges First Person Discussion Questions & Writing Prompts

How I Fell for Cats

Candy Crowley, a CNN reporter and devoted dog person, explains how two cats changed her opinion of felines.
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I’m Not “That Creepy Guy from the Internet”: How Gamergate Gave the Geek Community a Bad Name

Actor Arthur Chu describes his history as a gamer to show his understanding of and anger at the Gamergate community.

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A Journey Into My Colon — and Yours

Former Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry finally gets a colonoscopy (and we all get to read about it).

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Journey Into Night

Essayist David Sedaris describes a flight to Paris in which he takes advantage of first-class seating, meets a grieving man, and wonders about the genuineness of people, including himself.

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My High-School Hoax

Novelist Teddy Wayne recounts a plagiarism episode and the lesson that he eventually learned from it.
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Parenting and Heart Attacks

Writer Abby Sher, a 40-year-old mother, writes about her young daughter learning to deal with death.

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Such, Such Were the Joys

George Orwell, best known for the novels 1984 and Animal Farm, recounts his experiences at St. Cyprian's, an English preparatory school for boys.

Narration School Life First Person Discussion Questions & Writing Prompts

To Siri, with Love: How One Boy with Autism Became BFF with Apple’s Siri

Judith Newman, Gus's mother, movingly demonstrates that modern interactions via technology aren't all bad.

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The Vietnam in Me

Novelist Tim O'Brien, a Vietnam veteran, explores war, love, history, depression, and loss.

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What You Learn in College

Writer Karen Donley-Hayes shares her regrets during her college experience.

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Will Cristal's College Dream Survive the Summer?

Essayist E. Tammy Kim follows the path of a low-income student from high-school graduation to college acceptance.

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