Cultural Narrative Essay Topics

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

While the thought of essay writing may elicit a collective groan from your students, the choice of topic can alleviate some of the apprehension. This lesson provides teachers with cultural narrative essay topics designed for classroom use.

Cultural Narrative

Cultural narrative essays serve a number of purposes. For example, they enable authors to explore a specific aspect of culture in ways that can be both insightful and informative. When writing this type of essay, it's important for students to focus on a single or specific cultural aspect in order to keep an essay focused and informative without becoming too diluted. Cultural essays are also a great starting point for class discussions and debates, so be sure to encourage your learners to share their thoughts and ideas with classmates.

Before assigning any of the narrative essay topics in the next section, it can be helpful to provide your students with a framework with which they can structure and organize their writing. Write the following on the blackboard as you explain each element of the process.

  1. Brainstorm: Once you know the topic, write down as many ideas as possible. Don't edit yourself! It doesn't matter if an idea is good or bad; simply write down everything that pops into your head. Also, don't worry about spelling or grammar while brainstorming - as long as you can understand what you wrote, no one else needs to.
  2. Plan: After brainstorming, take a look at your ideas. Eliminate the ideas you are certain you won't use, and then rank the remaining ones from strongest or best to weakest idea. Finally, look at your list and decide which idea you can write most strongly about. Remember, you don't have to choose your best idea; rather, you just need to choose an idea about which you can write confidently and accurately. If you're finding it difficult to choose one idea, ask a friend or your teacher for advice.
  3. Outline: Write an outline for your essay that includes an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Because this is a narrative essay, be sure your writing follows a story structure.
  4. Write: Using your outline as a guide, write an engaging and informative cultural narrative essay.

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