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Anecdotal Essay

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  • on March 26, 2014
  • Category: English
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Grade 8

Anecdotal Short Stories Unit

How to Write an Anecdotal Story
Anecdote - A short account (or narrative) of an interesting or amusing incident, often intended to illustrate or support some point. Adjective: anecdotal.
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An anecdote is a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person. An anecdote is always presented as based on a real incident involving actual persons, whether famous or not, usually in an identifiable place. However, over time, modification in reuse may convert a particular anecdote to a fictional piece, one that is retold but is "too good to be true". Sometimes humorous, anecdotes are not jokes, because their primary purpose is not simply to evoke laughter, but to reveal a truth more general than the brief tale itself, or to delineate a character trait in such a light that it strikes in a flash of insight to its very essence.
The word 'anecdote' (in Greek: "unpublished", literally "not given out") comes from Procopius of Caesarea, the biographer of Justinian I, who produced a work entitled Ἀνέκδοτα (Anekdota, variously translated as Unpublished Memoirs or Secret History), which is primarily a collection of short incidents from the private life of the Byzantine court. Gradually, the term anecdote came to be applied to any short tale utilized to emphasize or illustrate whatever point the author wished to make.

An Example of Anecdotal Writing
One example of writing an anecdotal essay is the ‘college essay’ or university entrance essay. This is an essay that accompanies an application to get into a school, college or university. The purpose of the essay is to give the prospective student a chance to stand...

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