|Diagnostics Writing Assignment|
For this essay you will be writing under time constraints so that I may see where
you stand as a writer. You will not be graded for this, but depending on your
writing you may not be eligible to participate in the class. Do your best.
|Essay 1: Narrative|
For this essay assignment you will be writing a descriptive essay using the first
person or what is called a narrative. You may choose your topic on your own or use one
from our class brainstorming exercise.
The essay should
include concrete specific details that appeal to one or more of the five senses - sight,
sound, smell, taste, and touch. In addition, narration usually includes answers to the
following questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how.
|Essay 2: Compare/Contrast|
For this assignment you will be writing a compare/contrast essay. You have the
choice to either develop a topic of your own or do the following:
Times change, look at a newspaper on the day and year you were born and
compare one news event from then to today's events. You do not have to pick the exact day
of your birthday this year, but you do need to look at the exact day you were born.
One way of tackling this assignment might be to look
at the fashion page and compare and contrast the fashions of today with those from
yesterday. There are many possibilities.
Timed Essay #1
This assignment will not be posted until the actual in-class
For this assignment you will be writing an essay under a time
constraint. These essays usually are not easy for students to write. Do your
best and remember to practice your writing process -- have a clear picture of where you
want to take your reader. Sample prompts will be provided if you would like to
Your Mid-term portfolio should include revised versions of Essay #1
and Essay #2. We will use this portfolio to get you ready for your final portfolio.
Your portfolio should include the following:
|All drafts and peer evaluations, and prewriting activities of each
|Clean Edited copies of out-of-class essays (2)|
|The first in-class essay |
|A "Dear Reader" letter in which you explain how these
essays demonstrate your development as a writer (2-3 pages). This letter should be similar
to the ones turned in with each final draft, but should be more comprehensive in scope. |
|Essay 3: Pro and Con|
For this essay assignment you will be writing an essay in which you will
learn how to gather information to inform your reader. You must tell both sides of the
story (pro and con) in an objective manner, much the like the articles written in
respected newspapers. I have asked you in class discussions to pick a topic that you are
interested in and that has some controversy. You may not use the now very overworked
topics of abortion, religion, legalizing drugs, and the death penalty. All other topics
are fair game.
|Essay 4: Informed Argument|
For this essay assignment you will be writing an essay in that informs the
reader on a particular topic. You should pick a subject that appeals to you and has
a clear question surrounding it. In other words, something that can be argued. You
may not use the now very overworked topics of abortion, religion,
legalizing drugs, and the death penalty. All other topics are fair game.
- * Clean copies are copies that do not have my name,
comments or grade on them. You should use the attach function and email the