english comp 1

english comp 1

PLEASE COMPLETE ALL PARTS AND LABEL THEM BY PARTS WHEN SUBMITTING THEM.

Part 1

It has been said that everyone has a story.These stories can be about anything from heart-wrenching tales of love lost to nerve-racking arguments in a grocery store parking lots.No matter the subject matter, we tend to think that our adventures are the most enthralling events in the history of mankind…until the next big thing happens.The assignment for this week gives you the opportunity to tell your story, to write a narrative essay about some pivotal event or moment in your life that changed you in some way or taught some valuable lesson from which you think a reader might benefit.Before sending this story out for the world to see, it can be highly beneficial though to take a look at it before submitting it to try determine if it is really as engaging and useful as you think.

So, for this week’s discussion, address the following questions.

What is the topic of your essay?Did you pick one of the essay ideas generated from your interview in the W2 discussion, or did you decide to go with something else?

Why might the reader want to read about this topic?

What can or should the reader learn from your story?Or, what is the main idea/thesis of your essay?

Finally, how is your narrative essay topic difficult to develop?How is the story difficult for you to tell?Or, is it?

Part 2

A Literacy Narrative is a special kind of essay in which the writer describes his or her relationship with reading or writing. A narrative is not a person’s life story; it focuses on a single experience or event in the person’s life and shows how the event shaped the person—what he or she learned from it or how the experience helped him or her grow. For example, your literacy narrative could be about how you learned the value of writing or how the feedback of a teacher taught you to love (or hate) writing.

This assignment has two parts. Please submit both parts as a single document.

Part I:

Write a brief (75 to 150-word) literacy narrative which explores some aspect of the Four Basics (Exposure, Motivation, Practice, or Feedback) in The Writer’s Way (pp. 7-10), as it applies to your experiences. Your literacy narrative should describe one event or experience related to writing and show what you learned from it or how it shaped your writing process or attitude toward writing.

You might also want to review “What is an ‘Essay’?” on pp. 3-4.

Part II:

It is important to know what resources you have to help you through this class.Browse the following resources, and, in 75 to 150 words, describe how you think you will be able to use two or more of these to improve your writing skills.

EN101 Syllabushttps://content.grantham.edu/academics/GU_EN101/Sy…

EN101 APA Sample https://content.grantham.edu/academics/GU_EN101/AP…

EN101 APA Template (attached)

Writing and Documenting in APA (attached)

Glossary of Writing Terms (attached)

Frequently Asked Questions (attached)

Part 3 (week 2 assign)

This week, you will be preparing for next week’s essay: the narrative. Take a moment and review the directions for the Week 3 narrative essay. Once you have a topic you want to write your narrative about, you will complete this two part assignment: prewriting and outlining.

Part I

The first part of this assignment will help you “flesh out” your topic. Take 10-15 minutes to free write about your topic. Chapters 4 and 5 in your textbook can help you decide what kind of free writing you want to do, but don’t feel restricted by one genre. Write down everything that pertains to your topic, including questions your readers might have. Don’t worry about grammar or sentence structure; this is a brainstorming activity.

Part II

Next, create an outline as a preliminary structure for the narrative essay, be sure to include the following:

Outline in three to five parts only

Don’t describe; summarize

Outline whole sentences only

You may use as many of the other rules as you feel necessary. The goal is to present a structure for how your final essay may look. As such, an outline is not a series of paragraphs or a rough draft.

Part 4 (week 3 assign)

This essay explores the Narrative Mode, which is perhaps the most natural style of writing for most people.

One of the goals of the narrative form is to allow readers to feel as if they are not simply reading someone else’s story, but that they are somehow part of it.Unlike simply telling a story though, a narrative essay has a specific piece of information to share, a lesson for the reader.There should be a clear reason for your telling the story.This is where the “essay” in the narrative essay becomes apparent.

Your assignment this week is to write such an essay. Refer back to your outline of a significant event that you wrote for W2.Keep in mind that you are writing a story and it is important to freely tell your story.But, this is still an academic essay.The goal of your story is to support a clearly stated thesis/lesson for the reader.As such, your tale should be wrapped in a clear introduction and conclusion.

Criteria

Your essay should contain the following basic features:

An introduction with an attention grabbing opening (hook), a well-defined message or argument (thesis), and any background information the reader needs to fully understand your story;

Body paragraphs which a tell the story of your clear and specific, singular event that illustrates the essay thesis;

Vivid language that works to recreate the event, including descriptions of where the event took place, the people who were involved, and the things these people said and did;

A conclusion that briefly implicitly or explicitly reviews your story, reiterates the lessons you learned and that you hope the reader to learn, and provides a closing thought such as

owhy this event is still personally significant,

othe state of your life since the event and how you feel about it,

ofuture plans related to the event,

orhetorical questions for the reader, etc.

In addition to the above, the final draft of your essay should be:

From 250-500 words in length, typed in Times New Roman 12pt. font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.

Uses APA style (a title page and citations as needed which are modeled in your APA guide),

Written in first person;

Edited for spelling, mechanical, grammatical, and typing errors

Part 5

This week, you will be changing gears and moving from narrative writing to beginning on the informative paper. For this assignment, please review the directions for the Week 5 assignment and think of a topic you feel would be appropriate for an informative paper. Then, once you have that idea, you will complete an outline for that essay (please base your outline structure off the example outline).

For your outline, please complete ALL of the following statements or questions:

The audience for my paper is ___________

What I want them to do/think is _________

Which essay prompt am I focusing on?

What is my topic?

What is the goal of my essay?

What details will I need to accomplish this goal?

What issues might I encounter?

What is my working title?

Part 6 (week 5 assign)

For this assignment, write an Informative Essay. Choose one of the following: a Profile or a How-to essay. See below for details:

a. Profile: Interview someone you do not know or do not know well. Find an “angle” that will make this person unique or interesting to readers and focus on this angle in your profile. Describe the person so the reader has a dominant impression of him or her. Work in quotes from your subject as necessary. Do not refer to yourself in the essay.

Note: Do not turn in your interview. Your Profile should be written in essay form, not as a series of questions and answers.

b. How-to: Write an essay explaining how to do something specialized or out of the ordinary. Make your essay interesting and engaging, and write to a specific audience that needs to know or can benefit from learning how to perform this task. (For example, everyone needs to know how to change a tire, but an essay about changing a tire will be more effective if it targets college freshmen who commute to campus.) Include several of the Eight Teaching Tips and be sure to avoid COIK. Do not refer to yourself in the essay.

Additional requirements for your Informative Essay:

500-700 words

APA Style (title page, running heads, 12-pt. Times New Roman, double spaced, etc.)

Part 7

This essay explores the persuasive mode, one of the more common kinds of writing you’ll experience throughout your college and professional career. Your goal is to persuade your audience to consider your position on a controversial, two-sided subject.

This five paragraph persuasive essay (introduction, 3 body paragraphs and a conclusion) is made up of the following:

A clear persuasive thesis statement in the first paragraph after the topic is introduced and the importance of the issue is clear to the reader

Logical transitions between the into, the body, and the conclusion

Body paragraphs that support the persuasive thesis with evidence as well as address the opposing viewpoints

A conclusion that wraps up all the information presented in the body

Utilize your pre-writing and outlining strategies from week two to help you organize and plan your essay. It is not required to have research and source material for this essay, though it can greatly help support your argument. Using sources shows how your ideas build upon the ideas of previous writers and why your claims merit consideration — because they are supported by credible experts in their field.

Criteria

The rough draft of your essay should contain the following basic features:

A well-defined issue that is controversial by nature

A clear thesis statement that demonstrates the position you will be taking throughout the essay

A counter argument with at least one credible source defending the opposing viewpoint

A refutation to or compromise with the counter argument

In addition to the above, the rough draft of your essay should be:

From 500 to 700 words in length, typed in Times New Roman, 12pt. font, double-spaced, with one inch margins

Written primarily in third person

Edited for spelling, mechanical, grammatical, and typing errors

Part 8

This assignment calls for you to revise your Persuasive Essay from week six into a final draft.All good writers revise their work, often multiple times. Revising isn’t just looking for grammatical errors; editing alone is not revision (though we do want you to edit too). Revision literally means to “see again.” In the revision process, you improve your analytical skills, sometimes challenging your own ideas which can serve to deepen your argument.

Review the feedback your instructor provided on your rough draft as well as the information from the peer review in week seven.As you begin revising your paper, be sure to consider the following:

Did I fulfill the assignment criteria?

Did I say what I intended to say?

Do I have a two-sided topic?

Is my thesis persuasive in nature?

Do all my paragraphs serve to support my thesis?

Is my argument convincing, my support logical, my evidence sufficient?

Does my conclusion sum up the essay?

Criteria

The final draft of your essay should contain the same basic features as the rough draft:

A well-defined issue that is controversial by nature

A clear thesis statement that demonstrates the position you will be taking throughout the essay

A counter argument with at least one credible source defending the opposing viewpoint

A refutation to or compromise with the counter argument

From 500 to 700 words in length, typed in Times New Roman, 12pt. font, double-spaced, with one inch margins

Written primarily in third person

Edited for spelling, mechanical, grammatical, and typing errors

Part 9

Now that you have completed your Narrative Essay, reflect back on this process, how it went, and what you’ve learned from it. Write a brief reflection journal in which you address the following questions (from The Writer’s Way, p. P-6):

1.What just happened? (What did I/we do?)

2.What was the purpose? (Why did I/we do it?)

3.What did it say? (What was the content?) [For this question, identify one concept from the readings, lessons, or discussions pertaining to this assignment that seemed significant to you. Be specific.]

4.What was the point?

5.How can I use this?

Important: Do not write just one-sentence answers to the above questions. Write at least a paragraph for each.

You do not have to use APA Style for this assignment, but your journal must use 12-pt. Times New Roman and be double spaced.

Part 10

Now that you have completed your Informative Essay, reflect back on this process, how it went, what you’ve learned from it, and what you might do differently the next time. Write a brief reflection journal in which you address the following questions.

1.What just happened? (What did I/we do?)

2.What was the purpose? (Why did I/we do it?)

3.What did it say? (What was the content?) [For this question, identify one concept from the readings, lessons, or discussion pertaining to this assignment that seemed significant to you. Be specific.]

4.What was the point?

5.How can I use this?

Important: Do not write just one-sentence answers to the above questions. Write at least a paragraph for each.

You do not have to use APA Style for this assignment, but your journal must use 12-pt. Times New Roman and be double spaced.

Part 11

Now that you have completed your Persuasive Rough Draft, reflect back on this process, how it went, what you’ve learned from it, and what you might do differently the next time. Write a brief reflection journal in which you address the following questions

1.What just happened? (What did I/we do?)

2.What was the purpose? (Why did I/we do it?)

3.What did it say? (What was the content?) [For this question, identify one concept from the readings, lessons, or discussion pertaining to this assignment that seemed significant to you. Be specific.]

4.What was the point?

5.How can I use this?

Important: Do not write just one-sentence answers to the above questions. Write at least a paragraph for each.

You do not have to use APA Style for this assignment, but your journal must use 12-pt. Times New Roman and be double spaced.

 
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