The Childhood Game

For your first paper assignment, you will combine three modes of writing:  

Narration telling a story
Description using sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch details
Process Analysis explaining how to do something 

Prewriting:  First, brainstorm a topic by making a list of games you played between the ages of 8 and 15.  Then, sort through your list to find the best topic for your essay.  You might want to ask yourself the following questions:

Which game do I remember best?
Which was my favorite?
Which one showed the most creativity?
Which games(s) didnt include the supervision or organization of adults?
Which game included a memorable experience? 

Thesis:  Why do you remember this game well?  What did you learn?  Why was this game important to you?
Organizing:  Next, you will want to think about the order of your essay (i.e. the plot of the story, the setting of the narration, the process of the game).  Organize these details in a way that gives your essay flow and coherence.  Plan, plan, plan.  You will likely use a chronological scheme to tell your story.  Embed your process within your story.  
Drafting:  You can be creative in this essay.  Try to remember as many details as you can, but also dont hesitate to embellish those details to make your story more interesting.  (Your readers werent there.)  Be sure to include details that appeal to senses other than sight (sound, smell, taste, touch) and some figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, symbol, etc.).  Explain the rules of the game without listing those rules; your reader should understand the rules of the game from the story.    

Be sure to think about the tone of your narration.  Childhood is humorous — even more so when you look back on it from an adults perspective.  However, your story may be sad because of the outcome. 

Revising:  Read through your narration several times as you edit and revise.  Make sure your narration sounds plausible, the descriptions are vivid, the dialogue sounds realistic, and the main action is one particular instance, not what you would usually do.  

This paper counts for 15% of your final grade, and you should write at least three pages.