TOPIC: In this essay, you will be asked to write about a specific event in your life that will engage readers, and that will, at the same time, help them to understand the importance of the message you are relating, or, argument you are making.
Your essay should contain the following basic features:
- A well-defined message or argument that uses the Narrative mode to demonstrate its meaning
- A clear and specific, singular event
- 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 stated or implied reason why this event is still personally significant and why it also holds value for others
In addition to the above, the final draft of your essay should be:
- From 500 to 750 words in length, typed in Times New Roman 12pt. font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
- Include citations as needed and write in first person
- Edited for spelling, mechanical, grammatical, and typing errors
Reflection on the First Four Weeks
All too often, online learning gets into the habit of not allowing students the space to review what they know and ask about what they don’t know. This week, as we complete the first major writing assignment of the course, we thought it would be a good idea to take some time to afford you that opportunity.
For discussion this week, start by constructing a 75-150 word response detailing your experience so far in the course. This can be in essay format or a detailed list, but be as specific as possible. Think back to the chapters we have read so far: Writing with Purpose, Expository Writing, Making a Plan, Comparing and Contrasting, and Writing Elements. Also, consider what you have learned through each of our lectures. What new ideas have you added to your writer’s toolbox? What questions do you have regarding any topics that have been covered or any topics we have not covered? What questions do you have for the instructor? What things have you found that work for you that may benefit your classmates?
Remember, we are all working through this class at different writing skill levels. We are all here to learn. Some of you will be more advanced writers than others; some of you find yourself struggling to keep up. We are all in this class together, so working together is essential. Keep your criticisms constructive. Keep your mind open to new ideas no matter where they come from. Most of all, enjoy the conversation.