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Are you more comfortable with the writing process? Has your attitude about writing changed during this class?

What is your most important take-away from this course?

What opportunities do you see for improvement and growth as a writer?

Think about the future of your writing. How do you think what you have learned and accomplished in this class help you throughout the rest of your degree program and/or your professional (even personal) life?

Part 2

There are two parts to this assignment: a literacy narrative and a discussion of Grantham resources.

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.

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 writing experiences. Your 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. In your narrative, identify one or more of the Four Basics and credit (identify)

The Writer’s Way

as the source for the information on the four basics.

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 Syllabus

EN101 APA Sample

EN101 APA Template

Writing and Documenting in APA

Glossary of Writing Terms

Frequently Asked Questions

Part 3

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 three part assignment.

Part I: Respond to Questions

These questions are intended to guide you through your free write and outline and are part of the preparation for your narrative essay.

What specific event do you want to write about that had a lasting impact on your life?

In one sentence, describe the event.

Where and when did it happen?

What people were involved in the situation?

What people are your audience? Who would want to read your narrative? [Note: The answer to this question should not be “everyone” or “my instructor/classmates.” See Chapter 5 of your textbook for ideas on choosing your audience.]

What message do you want to convey to your audience?

Part II – Prewriting

Now expand the answers to your questions. 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 III: Outline

Next, create an outline as a preliminary structure for the narrative essay. Use several of the outlining rules on pp. 111-115 of The Writer’s Way, but be sure to include the following:

Outline in three to five parts only (rule no. 1)

Don’t describe; summarize (no. 5)

Outline whole sentences only (no. 8)

Part 4

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. 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.

The Narrative and Descriptive Writing Lecture

provides information and examples about descriptive and narrative writing.

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

why this event is still personally significant,

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

future plans related to the event,

rhetorical questions for the reader, etc.

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

From 500-1000 words in length, 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, we will be moving from narrative writing to informative writing. Your assignment this week will consist of a freewrite and outline similar to those you did for W2; however, this freewrite and outline will help you brainstorm your “How-to” Informative Essay.

Some examples of recent how-to essays for this class include:

How to prepare campfire coffee in an easy and affordable way

How to prepare for a driver’s test

How to make Kahlua rum-flavored buttercream

How to build a weatherproof shooting house for hunters

How to prepare yourself for going to a protest

How a first-time buyer can negotiate with a car salesman

How to make your own customized wig

How to save money while living in a college dorm

How to care for a person who has dementia

As you can see, the topics vary widely, yet each focuses on a specific task and targets a narrow audience. Likewise, your topic can be unusual and off-the-wall or it can be somewhat common. Either way, it must target an audience that does not know the information you possess but wants or needs to know it.

There are three parts to this assignment:

Part 1: Complete all of the following statements and questions:

The audience for my paper is ____________.

I want to teach them how to _____________.

What details will I need to accomplish this purpose?

What issues or obstacles might I encounter?

What is my working title?

Part 2: Freewrite

As before, your freewrite should reflect about 10 to 15 minutes of brainstorming about your topic. Write down everything you can think of. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or punctuation for this part of the assignment.

Part 3. Outline

The outline should be similar to the one you used in Week 2 and contain an introduction, body, and conclusion, as well as enough details to show how your essay might be structured. Again, outline in three to five parts, summarize, and use complete sentences (not fragments or phrases).

Your outline should be similar to the one used for Week 2. It will also contain an introduction, body, and conclusion, each with topic sentences and supporting points. Here is a

link to the sample outline for Week 2

.

Part 6

For this assignment, write a “How-to” Informative Essay. Your essay should teach the reader how to do something. You may pick your own topic, but avoid overly common topics such as “how to change a tire.” (If you do pick a common topic, consider how you may approach it in a new and interesting way. See your textbook’s advice for how to target a specific audience, for example.)

Below is a reminder of some recent examples of how-to essays for this class:

How to prepare campfire coffee in an easy and affordable way

How to prepare for a driver’s test

How to make Kahlua rum-flavored buttercream

How to build a weatherproof shooting house for hunters

How to prepare yourself for going to a protest

How a first-time buyer can negotiate with a car salesman

How to make your own customized wig

How to save money while living in a college dorm

How to care for a person who has dementia

As you can see, the topics vary widely, yet each focuses on a specific task and targets a narrow audience. Likewise, your topic can be unusual and off-the-wall or it can be somewhat common. Either way, it must target an audience that does not know the information you possess but wants or needs to know it.

Your informative essay should include all of the following:

An introduction that engages the reader. (Even if you can assume your readers needs this information, you must still draw them in and give them a persuasive purpose.)

An overview

Several of the other Eight Teaching Tips (imperatives, examples, whys, what not to do, and so forth)

Avoid COIK (see p. 239)

A conclusion that wraps up your essay without repeating what you’ve already said.

Additional Requirements:

500-800 words

APA Style

Avoid using first person (“In this paper, I will teach you . . . .”; “I think . . .”) ; avoid using personal experiences.

If you use research to support your points, cite and document your sources according to APA Style.

Part 7

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. If you do use source material from the EBSCO library or any other source such as an online source or a hard copy source, please give credit to the author with in-text citations and a references page using APA formatting.

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 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 800 words in length, double-spaced, with one inch margins

Written primarily in third person

Edited for spelling, mechanical, grammatical, and typing errors

Part 8

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 (from The Writer’s Way, p. P-6):

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

What was the purpose of doing this activity? (Why did I/we do it?)

What did the reading in the textbook say about this activity? [For this question, identify one concept, idea, or instruction from the textbook that struck you as interesting or significant.]

What was the point of this reading?

How can I use this activity or information going forward?

Important:

Do not write just one-sentence answers to the above questions. Write at least a paragraph for each. You might want to review the additional explanations on p. P-6 before your proceed.

You do not have to use APA Style for this assignment, but your journal must be double spaced.

Part 9

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?

  
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