Project #40214 - homework

During the next five weeks, you will write and revise multiple times. You will be experimenting with different phases of pre-writing and writing in order to complete the assignments. Note: This week, you should complete the Personal Writing Reflection assignment before this one, as that assignment will require you to reflect upon the pre-writing for this assignment. Refer to the overview and animations of the rhetorical modes if you have not yet mastered this module. You need to review and be familiar with the narrative and descriptive modes of writing for this week's assignment. While these modes are typically less formal than traditional academic essay assignments, your narrative should still include an introduction and conclusion, and have an organizational strategy. Select a topic for this week's essay from the following list: Describe a person in your life who has influenced you in some way. What personality characteristics does this person have that you admire and respect? Why was this person influential? How has this person affected the person you are today? This essay should be narrative and descriptive. Describe an event in your life that has changed you in some way. Why was this moment important to you? How were you different after the event? How has this event affected the person you are today? This essay should be narrative and descriptive. Write a 350-700 word essay to the best of your ability. Remember, this will be my first impression of you. Use the resources available within this assignment (for example the scoring rubric), your e-text, and the Learning Activities associated with the narrative essay. Use APA formatting guidelines. Revise, edit, and submit your essay. *Don't forget! Name your assignment according to Instructor Policies. Note: While personal writing is more informal than academic or professional writing, do pay attention to your grammar and punctuation. You must complete both parts of the assignment to be eligible for full credit. Begin an online journal of your personal writing habits to keep throughout the five weeks of class. Each week, your facilitator will provide a number of writing prompts related to each week's topic to help guide your writing. Think critically and thoughtfully about each prompt, and respond thoroughly. Name your assignment according to Instructor Policies. You may bullet or number your responses, but please use complete sentences. As you progress, keep all ofyour assignments on the same document according to week (for example, the title of this week's reflection would be "Week One Reflection.") Use the "page break" function in your word processing program to begin each new week's reflection on a new page. Week One Writing Prompts (respond to all): Part One Describe the steps of your current personal writing process. For example, when you first receive an assignment in class, how do you approach the assignment? Think about your initial response/attitude, thought process, and the time spent writing, editing, revising, and submitting. What would you describe as the strengths in your writing? What weaknesses do you think your writing exhibits? What kind of helpful and not-so-helpful feedback have you received from previous classes and instructors? Are there ways to take advantage of your strengths and overcome your weaknesses in writing? If so, what are they? After reviewing the various rhetorical modes, and reading the chapters detailing descriptive and narrative writing, explain how descriptive/narrative writing is different than expository or persuasive writing. To write a successful descriptive/narrative essay, what must a writer do? Part Two Experiment with at least two different prewriting techniques found in Ch. 2 of Wordsmith to explore ideas for your Week 1 essay, and write about your experiences with each type of pre-writing in your journal. Note that you do not need to do the actual pre-writing in your journal, but that you are writing about the experience you had pre-writing for the essay. You may do this on the same page as Reflection #1. Faculty Materials Materials Wordsmith, Ch. 2 Copyright © 2013 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved. All trademarks are property of their respective owners. See the list of trademarks used in this course. Continue your writing from Week 1 by responding to all of the following prompts. Think critically and thoughtfully about each prompt, and respond thoroughly. Name your assignment according to Instructor Policies. You may bullet or number your responses, but please use complete sentences. As you progress, keep all ofyour assignments on the same document according to week (for example, the title of this week's reflection would be "Week Two Reflection.") Use the "page break" function in your word processing program to begin each new week's reflection on a new page. Note: For this week's writing reflection, you will need to review the readings on the various rhetorical modes and organizational techniques of writers. You will also need to review the "Rhetorical Strategies & Devices" handout for reference. Finally, you should read at least two essays from the chosen rhetorical mode of your own essay due next week. Answer the questions below about ONE of the essays from the sample readings (see Learning Activities for Week 2): What type of writing (rhetorical mode) is this essay? How do you know? How did the writer organize the essay?How did you figure this out? Is there a thesis statement or main claim? If so, what is it, and do you think the thesis statement drives the essay? Is there a conclusion? If so, do you think the conclusion helps the reader to adequately summarize the essay? Explain. Describe the sentence structures throughout your selected essay. Are all the sentences structured the same, or do they vary? How would you account for the sentence structures varying or staying the same in this essay? List two rhetorical strategies or devices (see handout) that the author uses to communicate or emphasize his main idea. Describe how those strategies or devices are used effectively. Choose a paragraph from the essay that stands out to you as successful, impactful, or unique. Copy and paste it. Then, expain why you chose that paragraph (again, possibly referring to the rhetorical strategies and devices). Review the rhetorical modes in Patterns for College Writing, Wordsmith, and/or in your notes. Review the Week 3 Expository Essay assignment. Choose one of the prewriting strategies you read about last week to elicit ideas for your paper. *Note that a final copy of this essay will be due in Week 3, and that this essay will need to be completed early enough in the week (next week) for a learning team member to complete a peer review. Research and find readings to support your chosen topic. You need a minimum of two sources for this assignment. You will find a link to the University of Phoenix Library Research Tutorials embedded within this assignment, and also found in Week 4's Learning Activities. Review the handout on Using the Words of Others. This handout reviews paraphrasing, direct quoting, and APA citation. Review the handout on how to complete a rhetorical precis. You will need to complete a rhetorical precis for each source article you find supporting your topic, but you should complete both in the same document (do include a title page please). A rhetorical precis analyzes both the content (the what) and the delivery (the how) of a written discourse. It is a highly structured four-sentence blending of summary and analysis. Practicing this sort of writing fosters precision in both reading and writinng, forcing a writer to employ a variety of sentence structures and to develop a discerning eye for connotative shades of meaning. You may use the attached template to type your own rhetorical summaries, but you should include as much detail as possible, including at least one direct quotation from the source. Using the topic you chose in Week 2, and the research and rhetorical summaries you completed for the Week 2 written assignment, write a 500 word minimum draft of an essay that is primarily cause and effect or compare and contrast. You may choose your own topic, or choose from the suggestions below. If you choose your own topic, you are responsible for ensuring that the subject matter meets the criteria for a successful cause and effect or compare and contrast essay. Cause and Effect Suggested Topics Various technological and social developments have contributed to the decline of formal letter writing. One of these is the telephone; others include text-messaging, blogs, and email. Consider some other possibile causes, and write an essay explaining why letter writing has all but disappeared. You may also consider the effects (both positive and negative) of this development. Cite two ourside sources in your essay. What do you see as the major cause of any one of these problems: binge drinking among college students, voter apathy, school shootings, childhood obesity, increased violence among children, recent American divorce rates, steroid use among athletes, or academic cheating? Based on your identification of its cause, formulate some specific solutions for the problem you select. Compare and Contrast Suggested Topics Discuss the similarities and differences between the content and style of either of the following (pick one): the same news event as covered by two different news agencies; or two different news programs, such as one local and one national. Compare and contrast the expectations that college professors and high school teachers have for their students. Compare the "traditional" college experience with that of a non-traditional school (such as the University of Phoenix). Compare any two groups that have divergent values--vegetarians and meat eaters, for example. How is being a participant in an event (such as playing a sport or acting in a play) diferent than being a spectator? Refer to Ch. 3 of Patterns for College Writing to ensure that your essay has an appropriate organizational structure. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines, including in-text citations and a References page. Make sure that you submit a rough draft of this essay to your Learning Team forum for peer review (by your agreed-upon date). Revise based on your peer's suggestions. The final, submitted version should use appropriate grammar and syntax and be free of grammatical and punctuation errors. It should also contain a variety of sentence structures as reviewed in the weekly learning activities.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/19/2014 12:00 pm
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