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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 exam.

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 practice. 

       

Mid-term Portfolio

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 essay
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.

 

Timed Essay #2

This assignment will not be posted until the actual in-class exam.

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 practice. 

Final Portfolio

Your portfolio should represent a collection of your best writing throughout the semester that will be evaluated by a panel of composition instructors. Your portfolio is due on the final day of class instruction and should include the following:

All drafts and peer evaluations, and prewriting activities of each essay
Clean* Edited copies of out-of-class essays (2) (One of the essay will be your final "Informed Argument" Essay and the other will be your choice.
The final 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.
* Clean copies are copies that do not have my name, comments or grade on them.  You should use the attach function and email the portfolio.

 

 

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