Tell a story — it has to have happened in Miami — and it should reveal something significant about culture, community, character, politics, people, life.

Select one of the two options (Narrative or Description) and begin to tell your Miami Story. The key here is to capture a moment in as much detail as possible. Use the rhetorical structures you have learned so far.

DRAFT:

Write a 2+page Miami Story.

Combine the modes of writing discussed so far — Narrative and Description — to tell your Miami Story. The key here is to capture a moment in as much detail as possible and explore its significance. Use the rhetorical structures you have learned so far.

Tell a story — it has to have happened in Miami — and it should reveal something significant about culture, community, character, politics, people, life. The story you tell could be one that you witnessed or one that was told to you. It must be fact, not creative fiction. Also avoid the story of “Coming to Miami” or “My First Day in Miami.” Start with a personal experience, but make it connect to something bigger than you. Tell it as a scene, moment to moment. Bring the episode to life for your reader. Transport your reader with lots of factual and sensory details: setting, dialogue, gestures, names of people and places, time, place, landscapes, sounds, seasons, weather, moment-to-moment sensations of your journey.

The story must have significance, and make sure you show your audience its significance. SHOW, DON’T TELL. Do not state the story’s significance. It must emerge from the details or actions narrated.

You must have a title, and it cannot be “Miami Story.”

Then expand upon it and integrate the feedback that you received from your colleagues on the discussion board. Your essay should show signs of revision, as in REWRITING, from your discussion post when you submit the final through the TURN IT IN dropbox below.

Essay should be 2+ pages, Times New Roman, double-spaced, numbered pages. Please follow MLA formatting guidelines for all aspects of your essay. Up-to-date guidelines are available at Purdue OWL: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_general_format.html

Be sure to have:

setting/ location
time of day
year
season
gestures (people sit, stand, move)
dialogue (one line per speaker, tags;he/she said)
NOTE: Use past or present tense but be consistent.

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