Explanation Except for the paragraph, you may choose for your portfolio any three of these that have been submitted on time. When you first submit them, you will receive comments, positive and negative, on which to base thoughtful and complete revision. First dates given are for MWF classes. Dates with asterisks * apply to TTh classes.
Paragraph: description/Narration; due 1/23 or 1/22*
Write a focused, 150-200 word paragraph using detailed, specific, and concrete description for a person, place, object, or event. You may use narration (that is, embed the description in a little story), but you need not do so.
Essay 1: personal narrative paper; due 1/30 or 1/31*; drafts 1/25 & 1/27 or 1/24*
Length: 500 words (about 2 pages). See the prompts on p. 43 or 57.
Essay 2: comparison-contrast paper; due 2/10 or 2/09*; outline 2/3 or 2.2*; draft 2/8 or 2/07*
Length: 750 words. See the prompts on p. 119.
Essay 3: Midterm 2/27 or 2/28*; Process Analysis
Length: 400-500 words. You are advised to practice at home although you must write the paper in class without notes. You will be given the topic in class the preceding week.
Essay 4: definition paper; due 2/29 or 3/01*; draft 2/22 or 2/21*
Length: 500 words. See the prompts on p. 73.
Essay 5: classification paper; due 3/23 or 3/22*; drafts 3/19 and 3/21 or 3/20*; outline, etc. 3/9 or 3/08*. See the prompts on p. 103.
Length: 500-750 words
Essay 6: c/e paper; due: 4/11 or 4/12*; draft 4/9 or 4/10*; Outline and intro 4/2 or 4/3*.
Length: 500-750 words. See the prompts on p. 135. Because the draft is due shortly before the portfolio, I will not give feedback on this essay. Nonetheless, it must be submitted if you wish a passing grade for the course. If you choose it for the portfolio, the version in the portfolio must show thoughtful revision. This one is an argument, so doing it will be preparation for taking the 2010 class.
Paper Format: Papers must be wordprocessed on clean, white, letter-sized paper. You may submit a clean photocopy if you wish, but a draft must always accompany an essay. Please keep an extra copy either on a save device or in hardcopy of each paper that you submit. Use 1 inch margins, double space, indent paragraph beginnings, and do not leave an extra space between paragraphs. Don't forget to put a title (yours, not the author's) centered above the essay. Also, in your introduction identify the prompt you are responding to. Put your name, my name, the class, and the date due at the top of the first page. Please staple the pages of the final copy together and attach these on top of the draft and the draft workshop sheet with a paper clip. For questions about how to use quotations and other mechanics, please see the lessons at the end of your book.