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Dr. Amani Wazwaz – Description Remembered Person Essay
Description Essay Assignment: Writing about a Remembered Person
(By remembered person, I don’t mean you need to write about someone who has passed. This
person can still be living. You choose the remembered person you will be writing about.)
Page length:1200 to 1500, double spaced, one inch margins, size 12 font, preferably Times New
Roman
Description of Assignment:
In the narrative essay, you chose to write about a significant event that transformed you in some
way. You focused on one significant story that occurred in a short span of time.
For this essay, you are once again writing a narrative.
You are once again writing a short story. However, what is added this time is the presence of an
important person in your life.
This person may have changed you in some way, opened up your
eyes, and or taught you an important lesson about yourself or about
life. This person may have meant a lot to you.
Your goal now for this essay is to show why this person is significant in your life.
This means using a short story to show your relationship and interaction with one another. Use
the short story to show the remembered person’s behavior toward you (perhaps an act of
kindness or cruelty….you choose).
The important thing is that this person’s significance should be very clear to the reader.
The reader should be able to visualize how this person looks like, but be careful not to just stack
concrete descriptions on top of each other. Carefully select detail that shows how this person is
special and one of a kind.
Dr. Amani Wazwaz – Description Remembered Person Essay
Evaluation Criteria for the Descriptive Remembered Person Essay
The following is the criteria used to assess your essay. It is also a description of successful essays
and developing essays that need a lot of work. Please use this as a guide
The A Paper:
The writer has met the page requirements. The writer is in true command of the narrative; he or she
dramatizes a well told story that holds the reader’s attention with a well controlled dramatization of the
event occurring between the writer and the remembered person. Tension and suspense, where needed, are
used to heighten and maintain the drama of the story and the reader’s interest. The writer has a strong
presence in the story and his or her concerns and or plight have a strong potential to connect to the
readers. There is a true showing of the writer’s and remembered person’s humanity. Or, if the remembered
person had a negative influence, there is a complex presentation of his or her influence. Scenes, people
and dialogue are vividly shown in detail; these details are original and form a dominant impression. The
writer uses detail to create a vivid image of the remembered person; the reader can easily visualize the
remembered person. The writer uses detail to enable the reader to visualize the remembered person’s and
the writer’s own behavior. The writer uses detail to “show” rather than “tell” of the writer’s and
remembered person’s important emotion and discoveries. It is very easy for the reader to imagine and or
visualize the drama occurring in the anecdote because it is carefully focused; emotions and incidents are
carefully demonstrated. The remembered person has definite meaning in the writer’s life. This meaning is
clearly demonstrated. The way the remembered person has changed the writer is clearly demonstrated
through a well told anecdote which is clearly written and designed to demonstrate the remembered
person’s significance. The writer has crafted an engaging introduction and a conclusion that leaves a
strong, predominant impression. The writer’s sense of style is reflected in a variety of sentence
constructions and sophisticated word choices; there are virtually no mechanical errors. The piece
thoroughly satisfies, compelling the reader to think, reflect, or act.
The B Paper:
The writer has met the page requirements. The writer is in true command of the narrative; he or she
dramatizes a well told story that holds the reader’s attention with a well controlled dramatization of the
event occurring between the writer and the remembered person. Tension and suspense, where needed, are
used to heighten and maintain the drama of the story and the reader’s interest. There is a true showing of
the writer’s and remembered person’s concerns and or plight, which appeal to readers. Or, if the
remembered person had a negative influence, there is a complex presentation of his or her influence.
Scenes, people and dialogue are vividly portrayed in detail; these details are original and form a dominant
impression. The writer uses detail to create a vivid image of the remembered person; the reader can easily
visualize the remembered person. The writer uses detail to enable the reader to visualize the remembered
person and the writer’s own behavior and actions. The writer uses detail to “show” rather than “tell” of the
writer’s and remembered person’s important emotions and discoveries. It is very easy for the reader to
imagine and or visualize the drama occurring in the anecdote because of the significant detail provided.
The remembered person has a definite meaning in the life of the writer; or, the writer has a definite
meaning in the life of the remembered person. However, the reader has to work to infer the meaning of
the incident in the writer’s life; or, the writer has quickly told of how the incident was meaningful without
truly showing it or showing its complexity. The writer has crafted an engaging introduction and a
conclusion that leaves a strong, dominant impression. The writer’s sense of style is reflected in a variety
of sentence constructions and sophisticated word choices; there are virtually no mechanical errors. The
piece satisfies, offering the reader some opportunity for thought and reflection.
Dr. Amani Wazwaz – Description Remembered Person Essay
The C Paper:
The writer has met the page requirements. The writer is initially in command of the narrative; he or she
loses the reader’s attention because there is not a well controlled dramatization of the event occurring
between the writer and the remembered person. There is little showing of the writer’s or remembered
person’s humanity or personality. Scenes, people and dialogue are portrayed in some detail; however,
these details do not form a dominant impression. The writer uses some detail to create an image of the
remembered person; the reader does not have a fully developed image of the way the remembered person
looks. The writer resorts to naming the remembered person’s and or his or her emotions. The writer
resorts to telling about the remembered person’s and his or her action and behavior rather than relying on
showing in order to more fully engage the reader’s attention. The reader may have to work to imagine and
or visualize the drama occurring in the narrative because there either needs to be detail or the detail that is
present needs more careful selection. The anecdote that is selected is not carefully told. The reader is
unable to visualize the drama occurring because it is not carefully focused. The incidents are not carefully
demonstrated. The remembered person has a meaning in the writer’s life; or, the writer has definite
meaning in the remembered person’s life. However, the reader has to work to infer the meaning of the
incident in the writer’s life; or, the writer has quickly told of how he or she changed without truly
showing it. More work is needed to reflect a more sophisticated choice in the style of sentences;
mechanical errors are somewhat distracting, but generally do not distort the meaning of the sentences.
The piece prompts little thought or reflection.
The D Paper:
The writer has not met the essay’s requirements. The writer maintains a false sense of control over the
essay’s ideas.
The writer does not reveal who the remembered person or he or she is in the essay; little is done to create
a connection between the reader and the writer. There is no dramatization of tension or suspense. The
drama occurring in the anecdote – the main event – is not dramatized. Details meant to illuminate or
support the essay’s ideas are often generic or irrelevant; thus, the reader is not given the opportunity to
visualize what has happened to the writer. Sentences tend to be monotonous, with multiple mechanical
errors that the distract the reader from or even distorts the ideas of the essay.
The F Paper:
The essay’s requirements are not met.
The writer has no control over the essay’s ideas; details are severely lacking or missing altogether.
There has been no attempt to introduce or close the essay.
Mechanical errors are distracting to the reader, distort meaning, and ultimately negate the writer’s
credibility.
Introducing the Description Essay
Prepared by Dr. Amani Wazwaz
1. What is the next essay about in quick, short terms?
DESCRIPTION ESSAY OF A REMEMBERED PERSON:
(20% of your overall grade):
In this essay, you will write another Narrative Essay where
• You show the role an important person played during an
important event in both of your lives.
• You will capture the significant meaning a person played in your
life
• You will describe their looks, style of dress, manners, speech, and
behavior to capture the essence of this person’s meaning in your
life.
Do you want more explanations?
You will write another narrative essay about a time you
experienced together. You will show what this person
means to you. In this narrative essay, there are two
(not one) main characters – you and another person.
Maybe they helped you?
Maybe you helped them?
Maybe they were unkind to you?
Maybe you could have been kinder?
2. Is there an assignment and grading rubric?
Yes, I included the assignment and grading rubric in a
separate link. I also took a screenshot and shared it here.
What is the minimum word count requirement and do I need to
include the word count at the end of the essay?
The minimum word requirement is 1200 to 1500. You can go
beyond this word count.
Yes, please always include the word count at the end of your
essays.
The Grading Rubric is attached in Canvas with the assignment. Above is a photo of the assignment.
3. Does this mean I will build on the skills I learned when I wrote the
Narrative Essay?
Yes, you will write a narrative about a time you two
experienced.
The narrative should focus on an important time in both of
your lives.
It should be full of clear sensory details.
It should show the meaning of this person in your life.
4. What new skills will I use in this Description of the Remembered
Person Essay?
You will describe your remembered person so readers can:
• easily imagine how they look and act in a unique way
• understand their unique personality
• know how you feel about them and how they feel about
you
5. I am supposed to create a dominant impression with my
description. What does “dominant impression” mean?
It means to create one strong impact or effect on the mind of
the reader.
The essay should not be all over the place.
The essay should be focused, clear and cohesive. Cohesive
means it is well connected together.
6. When is this essay due?
The essay is due by July 6 by midnight. You are welcome to submit ahead of this due date.
7. How will the lessons be divided?
The lessons will be divided step by step with each week being
devoted to an activity.
First, you will study sample description essays.
Then, you will write a draft of your essay.
You will do a peer review and respond to your peer. I am hoping
there will be a true dialogue between you and your peer reviewer.
You will revise and edit your essay and submit it by July 6.
8. I have carefully read the assignment and grading rubric, and I am
completed this Description Essay Quiz. I know what the essay is
about, and I have a specific question. What should I do?
You are welcome to contact me and or send me an email at my Moraine
Valley account at wazwaza2@morainevalley.edu.
As stated on the syllabus, I respond to emails within 48 hours except on the
weekends.
Please make sure you read the syllabus to know my contact information.
9. Mostly, I have solid ideas, but I still need help with the grammar.
What should I do?
It is so important for your writing to be clear.
You need solid ideas and clear writing.
Work hard on making your writing as clear as possible.
Do you need help with grammar? Make sure you set up
an appointment with the Tutoring Center:
https://mvconnect.morainevalley.edu/student/resources
/tc/Lists/tutoringrequest/new.aspx?Source=https%3a//
mvconnect.morainevalley.edu/student/resources/tc/Pag
es/tutoring-request-confirmation.aspx
Give yourself time to correct your mistakes.
Read the essay out loud very carefully. Read it as if
someone else is trying to read it. Don’t read it to see if it
is clear only to you.
10. When I am not sure about a class rule, your contact information, a
general description of the essays and major assignments, the word
count, I can check back the syllabus. Is this true?
Before the class started, I spent days writing the
syllabus to make sure I covered all the class rules,
grading policies and assignments. I hope so much
you are consulting the syllabus and that it will help
you.
If you have not read it, please take the time to do
so now. Thank you!

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