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A Brief Tutorial On How To Compose A Cultural Narrative Essay

The cultural narrative essay, just like other assignments of this type, needs to focus on just one thing. You should choose a single central idea and guides the content on which you can give specific details to help the reader connect with your conclusions. This article is a brief tutorial on how to compose a great cultural narrative essay:

  • What your content should be
  • You are likely able to address a number of things about your culture. You should, however, narrow down your options to just one: family, traditions, holidays, etc. all of these can be enough on their own to write so much about but don’t overwhelm yourself with more work than you have to do. Brainstorm several ideas and work your way to the one you would be most interested in discussing.

  • Including a thesis statement
  • Since the paper isn’t argumentative a lot of students believe they don’t have to include a thesis statement. This is wrong. Even a cultural narrative essay has to have some main point which you state in a clear and direct thesis, placed at the end of the introductory paragraph. Follow the same rules as argumentative papers: be as specific as possible in both the phrasing and the diction in order to avoid making the scope of your work to large or too narrow.

  • Writing the topic’s details
  • With this type of writing assignment it’s almost certain that you’ve already heard about the importance of showing the reader rather than telling the reader. You need to organize your paper properly so that you can identify what is relevant and what is irrelevant. Provide specific examples that directly support your main idea. Use literary devices such as historical references, anecdotes, hypothetical examples and even statistics. Remember that it is your goal to paint a narrative picture for the reader.

  • Providing analysis of topic
  • Your cultural narrative essay should have a central idea that you need to communicate to the reader. Through a bit of reflection and analysis you can express to the reader that you have drawn out conclusions and identified several relationships about your selected topic. You might want to consider questions like: “Why did something happen?” or “Why something matters?” to help you formulate your analysis. All of this should be included in your body paragraphs and connect immediately with the examples you have presented.


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