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Remember:

“The essay is neither a simple narrative of experience nor of thought unanchored by experience.  It is a combination of thought and experience, an effort to discover and share meaning in one’s experience.  The essay is a demonstration of critical thinking.”

- Don Murray

 

Components of a Reflective Essay

1. AN INTERESTING BEGINNING

  The writer should use a strong beginning that “grabs the reader’s attention”.

2. VIVID DIALOGUE
•Used only when the writer is  comfortable with it. 
•Exact words are not as important as conveying the meaning and the mood.

3. REAL, ESSENTIAL DETAILS
•Use VIVID and REALISTIC  details
SHOW DO NOT TELL!
 

4. INTERWEAVE EVENTS with REACTIONS/FEELINGS ABOUT THOSE EVENTS

•Include your thoughts and comments (REFLECTION) in  with the events. 
•Leaving reflection until the end may seem cold and artificial.
 
5. Connection to a UNIVERSAL THEME

  - The event needs to seem significant to the reader.

  - It should be relatable in some way.

6. Discussion of LESSONS LEARNED
•How have you changed as a result of this event?
Not a cliché! Must be genuine!

7. A COMMON THEME THROUGHOUT

  Must be focused as a whole on the importance of the event.
** Ask yourself: What do I want my reader to think? Feel? Believe? What is the point of this narrative?

8. END THE ESSAY WELL!

Try to relate back to the beginning of the essay or make a statement.

** The readers should already understand the significance of the experience. 

THE WRITER SHOULD NOT SAY, “And that’s what my experience meant to me” (or words to that effect). 
 

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Remember:

Don’t SHUFFLE between Present & Past Tense!

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