Personal Narrative Final Drafts

“Finished” with your final draft? Please check this list before you print a “final copy” for turn-in.

  1. Label the top of your paper (left-hand corner) with your name, the date, and your class period. Do not double-space these three lines.
  2. Please do also include a header with your last name and the page number on every page. This should appear in the right-hand corner.
  3. Make sure that your paper has a title. Make sure the title is centered, spaced one line from your three lines of information above, and your first paragraph below. Do not underline or embolden the title. Use the same type and size of font as the rest of your piece. Please refrain from using color and/or word art.
  4. Double-Space the rest of your paper. Microsoft Word 2007 does this automatically.
  5. Use a “standard” font. Please stick with Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambria, Arial, Verdana, or something equally “normal.”
  6. Be sure to use black font. Do not italicize or embolden anything in your narrative unless it is for a very specific and clearly useful effect.
  7. You must have multiple paragraph breaks, and you must indent each paragraph (use tab).
  8. Check your dialogue. When using dialogue, be sure to have (“) quotation marks around any character’s words. You must begin a new paragraph every time a different character speaks.
  9. Check your tenses. This means that, unless you are doing something fancy for effect, you need to make sure that your entire story is in the past tense. Read your story, looking at each verb (action word) to make sure that your typed it in the past tense — not the present! 
  10. Punctuation: Finally, read your story (quietly) aloud. Try to pause only where you have placed punctuation (period, colon, semi-colon, comma, dash, etc). Add/Remove/Revise your punctuation to make sure that you have no run-on sentences or sentence fragments.

If you have made it through each step above, please save your piece in multiple places, print a copy, and begin assembling all of your work for attachment to your cover sheet.

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