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The success of a good narrative essay, of a good story, depends on the specific details a writer uses. This is a great example of how a brief, weak narrative essay can be improved by including rich, specific details. Students can see four drafts of this story and how it improves with each rewrite.


  • Arts > General
  • Arts > Drama/Dramatics
  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
  • Language Arts > Story Telling
  • Language Arts > Writing

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


narrative essay, story, details, writing, revision, editing, recursive



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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-01.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

These four drafts of one narrative essay illustrate how specific details can improve a piece of writing. Each essay builds on the one before it, by including more descriptive language and detail. The examples are clear and supply excellent models to demonstrate how editing and adding detailed descriptions improve an essay.

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