“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
The writer should use a strong beginning that “grabs the reader’s attention”.
4. INTERWEAVE EVENTS with REACTIONS/FEELINGS ABOUT THOSE EVENTS
- The event needs to seem significant to the reader.
- It should be relatable in some way.
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!
** The readers should already understand the significance of the experience.
Don’t SHUFFLE between Present & Past Tense!