Narrative Argument & Response Essay.

Essay 1: Narrative Argument & Response

Your essay is considered incomplete if it is missing any of these components.


This essay will require you to read, analyze and utilize multiple texts as well as use your own experience with the subject in order to develop a clear and well-supported argument.

Required Readings:

“A Childhood Spent in a Chinese Restaurant” by Susan Cheng

“There’s No Recipe For Growing Up” by Scaachi Koul

Minimum Length: 3-5 pages

Background: For this project, you will focus of two of the readings attached below.


Your goal is to analyze both your own approach and history with reading and writing (Narative) and reflect on the things you have learned or plan to incorporate from the two sources you have chosen (Response).

Your thesis should reflect your relationship with reading and writing, and/or the effect reading

has had on your life. The first part of your essay should mirror a format like “Why I Write,” (*also attached below*) where you tell the story; for this specific essay, you will be discussing your relationship with books,

reading and/or writing. The second half of your essay, should be focused on the following:

1) An analysis of either strategies and devices you would like to emulate or reproduce in

your own writing (aka things in the three sources you would like to use) or strategies and

devices you will never use or reproduce in your writing because of the author’s

ineffective application in the work. (Basically, in this part of the essay, I would like you

to reflect on the two sources you have chosen and talk about what you really liked or

what you really hated, and how you can implement those thing in your own writing.)


Length: 3-5 pages (This does not include your Works Cited page)

Successful essays will include:

1. Introduction (including a hook, background information, and your thesis)

2. Body paragraphs (including specific examples from the texts you chose as well as your narrative and analysis of outside sources)

3. Somewhere, either in your background information of your Introduction or the body paragraph where you discuss your sources, academic summaries of both sources you have chosen.

4. Conclusion: You may choose to end your essay with a reflection on how your relationship with words has changed because of the knowledge gained from the sources you have chosen.