Narrative Essay Homework

Today in class we read “Thank You, Ma’am,” by Langston Hughes. After reading this story, think a bit about how it connects to what we’ve been reading about kindness and empathy and mirror neurons in our book. Consider all these things while deciding what to write in your narrative essay.

You must choose one of the below prompts to write on. You will write a narrative essay with an introduction (including a thesis), body (story), and conclusion (reflection). It must be typed. Refer to the “How to Type an Essay” worksheet if you’re not sure how to format a typed essay.

You will not write a second draft of this paper, so work very hard to improve on the issues you met in your previous essay and consult your error log so you do not repeat the same mistakes as frequently.

Here are the three prompts you may choose from:

How can paying kindness forward make a difference in the world? Write about a time someone’s kindness made a big difference in your life and how that experience helps you answer the above question.


Do we have a responsibility to be kind? We’ve discussed mirror neurons and empathy and what a difference simple acts of kindness can make. Does that mean we have a responsibility to be kind, biologically or culturally? Tell a story that helps you answer the above questions.


Why is helping people in small ways important? What was something kind you did recently that made a difference in some way? How does that experience help you answer the above question?

This essay is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday.

NOTE: I apologize again for the mix-up with the books. Please refer to the below post and be sure you have the correct grammar book for class next week.

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