ENGLISH 1000

Fall 2010

WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

 

A paper will be considered late if you do not turn it in at the start of class on the day it is due. For every day (not class) that the paper is late, one letter grade will be deducted. For example, if a paper due on Monday and you turn it in on Tuesday, ten points will be deducted from your grade. If you are going to be absent for some reason on the day a paper is due, you must arrange to have someone else drop the paper in my mailbox.

 

In additional to turning in a hardcopy of your paper in class, you must keep an electronic copy of the paper for your own records.

 

Paragraph 1: Profile Paragraph                          

Length: One fully developed paragraph, which should be no longer than one page

Rough Draft: Due at conference on 9/15 or 9/20 (Conferences are held in my office—Marlboro 3068).

Final Draft: Due on 9/22

 

Select a place from your neighborhood, our campus, or the larger DC-Metro area and write a paragraph in which you describe this place and explain why you like to go there. The place you choose does not have to be one of great cultural or social significance, but it must be a place you think is interesting and that you believe others will find intriguing.  Try to select a place that you believe most of your classmates would not have already visited. Please do not write about your own home or the homes of friends. This must be a place that the reader could visit if he or she so desired.

 

You will be asked to share this writing with your peers and your instructor, so choose something that you will feel comfortable discussing and that you feel is appropriate for submission in a college course.

 

Paper Guidelines:

 

ü  For this assignment, I would like you to use a topical arrangement. You are not to write a personal narrative about a trip you took to this place. This means that you should select three aspects of the place you like and organize your paragraph around them, with each aspect being a subtopic. For example, if you were going to write about a restaurant, your three aspects/subtopics might be food, atmosphere, and service.

 

ü   Your paragraph must have a topic sentence, at least three subtopics, transitions, and a concluding sentence.

 

ü  You must underline and label with a “TS” your topic sentence. You must underline and label “SUB” your subtopic sentences. You must circle and label “TRAN” all transitional words/phrases.

ü  You must do prewriting before you begin drafting, and you must submit this prewriting with both the rough draft and the final draft.

 

ü  Prewriting consists of two parts—developing ideas and organizing ideas. To develop ideas you may free write, list, etc. To organize your ideas, you must use some form of an outline (it does not have to be a formal, Roman-numeral outline, however).

 

ü  All drafts of papers must be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font, with one-inch margins. All final drafts must be submitted in a folder with the following items: your rough draft, all prewriting exercises, and any peer review or self review completed in conjunction with the paper. I will not accept any paper that is not in a folder and accompanied by the appropriate work.

 

ü  You may not consult any outside sources for this paper. Doing so will be considered academic dishonesty and will result in a zero for the paper

 

Paragraph 2

Illustration Paragraph

Length: One fully developed paragraph, which should not be longer than a page 

Rough Draft: PLEASE BRING TWO TYPED COPIES TO CLASS on 9/29

Final Draft: 10/6

 

You will write a paragraph in which you explain your chosen topic with examples.

 

General guidelines for writing illustration paragraphs:

1.   Use subtopic sentences to introduce each major example

2.   Arrange major examples in order of importance

3.   Link all sentences, especially subtopics

4.   Develop examples with specific words, details and explanations

 

Choose ONE of the following: When selecting a topic keep in mind that you will also be expanding this paragraph into a full essay for your next assignment, so you will want to choose a topic about which you have a lot to say!

 

v  Problems in your own community (town, city, or county)

v  Problems facing community college students

v  Improvements needed at PGCC

v  Qualities or practices of a good athlete

v  Reasons why you would OR would not want to own your own business

v  Qualities or practices of a good teacher

v  Qualities or practices of a bad teacher

v  Qualities or practices of a good student

v  Qualities or practices of a good pet owner

v  Practical ways to save money in these tough economic times

 

Guidelines:

 

ü  Your paragraph must have a topic sentence, at least three subtopics, transitions, and a concluding sentence.

 

ü  You must underline and label with a “TS” your topic sentence. You must underline and label “SUB” your subtopic sentences. You must circle and label “TRAN” all transitional words/phrases.

ü  You must do prewriting before you begin drafting, and you must submit this prewriting with both the rough draft and the final draft.

 

ü  Prewriting consists of two parts—developing ideas and organizing ideas. To develop ideas you may free write, list, etc. To organize your ideas, you must use some form of an outline (it does not have to be a formal, Roman-numeral outline, however).

 

ü  All drafts of papers must be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font, with one-inch margins. All final drafts must be submitted in a folder with the following items: your rough draft, all prewriting exercises, and any peer review or self review completed in conjunction with the paper. I will not accept any paper that is not in a folder and accompanied by the appropriate work.

ü  You may not consult any outside sources for this paper. Doing so will be considered academic dishonesty and will result in a zero for the paper

 

 

Essay One: Expanding a Paragraph

Rough Draft: Bring Rough Draft to Conferences on 10/25 or 10/27

Final Draft: 11/1/2010

Length: 2 pages

 

 

Assignment: You must expand your illustration paragraph (paragraph 2) into a full essay. You will add an introduction and conclusion and expand each of your subtopics into a full paragraph for a total of five paragraphs.

 

Guidelines:

q  Your essay must have at least five paragraphs: an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

q  Each paragraph of your essay should address only one main idea/subtopic.

q  Each paragraph of your essay must have a topic sentence.

q  The thesis statement of your paper and the each topic sentence of each paragraph must be underlined. You may do this manually or on the computer.

q  All drafts of papers must be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font, with one-inch margins. All final drafts must be submitted in a folder with the following items: your rough draft, all prewriting exercises, any peer review or self review completed in conjunction with the paper, and your writer’s notebook. I will not accept any paper that is not in a folder and accompanied by the appropriate work.

q  You may not consult any outside sources for this paper. Doing so will be considered academic dishonesty and will result in a zero for the paper

 

Essay Two

Turn rough draft and final draft in together on 11/17

 

For this assignment, choose one of the questions below and write an argumentative essay answering the question. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers to these questions, but you must provide at least three solid supports for the position you take. You are not to do any outside research to complete this paper.

 

Topics

 

We are becoming more dependent on technology (computers, cell phones, pdas, etc). Select one modern technological device (the cell phone, computer, video games, etc) and discuss whether you think the device is improving our society or damaging it. Provide at least three reasons.

 

Should all freshmen at PGCC be required to take a freshmen orientation course, such as the PAS class, during their first semester on campus? The course would cover topics such as study skills, navigating the campus, using the library, plagiarism, etc. Why or why not? Provide three reasons.

 

Should athletes be allowed to skip college and go straight into professional leagues? Choose a specific sport on which to focus.

 

Given that many students who have graduated from college do not have strong math and English skills, should colleges institute mandatory exit exams in math and English that a student must pass in order to graduate (this would be in addition to passing the required math and science classes)? Why or why not?

 

Your own choice. You may come up with your own topic, but your topic must be approved by me before you complete your rough draft. Any paper written about unapproved topic will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

 

Guidelines:

q  Your essay must have an introduction, body, and a conclusion

q  Your essay must have a thesis statement.

q  Your essay must be at least five paragraphs long.

q  Each paragraph of your essay should address only one main idea/subtopic.

q  Each paragraph of your essay must have a topic sentence.

q  The thesis statement and each topic sentence must be underlined. You may do this manually or on the computer.

q  You must do prewriting before you begin drafting, and you must submit this prewriting with both the rough draft and the final draft. You must submit all of this material in a two-pocket paper folder.

q  Prewriting consists of two parts—developing ideas and organizing ideas. To develop ideas you may free write, list, etc. To organize your ideas, you must use some form of an outline (it does not have to be a formal, Roman-numeral outline, however).

q  All drafts of papers must be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font, with one-inch margins. All final drafts must be submitted in a folder with the following items: your rough draft, all prewriting exercises, any peer review or self review completed in conjunction with the paper, and your writer’s notebook. I will not accept any paper that is not in a folder and accompanied by the appropriate work.

q  You may not consult any outside sources for this paper. Doing so will be considered academic dishonesty and will result in a zero for the paper

 

Essay Three

Rough Draft: due at conferences on 12/1 or 12/6

Final Draft: 12/8

 

Topic: For this assignment, you will select one article from the database Opposing Viewpoints. You will then write a paper in which discuss whether you agree or disagree with the author’s argument.

 

Here are some things to consider when assessing your article: DO NOT simply organize your paper around these questions. For help with organizing your essay look below.

 

Does the author’s argument appear to be balanced and fair?

What are his/her strongest arguments?

What are his/her weakest arguments?

Does the author offer compelling evidence to back up his/her arguments?

Does the author alienate the reader in any way?

Do you find the article persuasive?

With what do you agree and disagree?

 

Organization:

Your paper must have an introduction that contains a thesis statement indicating whether that agree or disagree with the article about which you are writing.

 

You should have at least three body paragraphs that explore what you believe are the strengths of the article if you are agreeing with it or the weaknesses of the article if you are disagreeing with it.

 

You should have a conclusion in which you summarize your overall argument and explain its significance.

 

 

Guidelines:

q  You must include a copy of your article with your essay.

q  Your essay must have an introduction, body, and a conclusion

q  Your essay must have a thesis statement.

q  Your essay must be at least five paragraphs long.

q  Each paragraph of your essay should address only one main idea/subtopic.

q  Each paragraph of your essay must have a topic sentence.

q  The thesis statement and each topic sentence must be underlined. You may do this manually or on the computer.

q  You must properly document your source using MLA guidelines within the text.

q  You must include a “Works Cited” page.

q  You must do prewriting before you begin drafting, and you must submit this prewriting with both the rough draft and the final draft. You must submit all of this material in a two-pocket paper folder.

q  Prewriting consists of two parts—developing ideas and organizing ideas. To develop ideas you may free write, list, etc. To organize your ideas, you must use some form of an outline (it does not have to be a formal, Roman-numeral outline, however).

q  All drafts of papers must be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font, with one-inch margins. All final drafts must be submitted in a folder with the following items: your rough draft, all prewriting exercises, and any peer review or self review completed in conjunction with the paper. I will not accept any paper that is not in a folder and accompanied by the appropriate work.