Project #81083 - Unit One Essay

Specifications for Unit One Essay

To get our semester started, you'll begin by writing about yourself, like you probably have before in English classes. But rather than the typical narrative or expository essay, you're going to write something a little different: a personal mission statement, that addresses your goals for your college career.

If you've worked in the business world, you know that many companies have a mission statement: a paragraph or article summarizing the company's goals, values, and mission. You may have even collaborated on the creation of such a mission statement. Read GPC's Mission Statement and Goals here: http://www.gpc.edu/News_and_Information/mission.php3. You will model your own Mission Statement and Goals in a similar fashion: by first creating a simple, one or two sentence mission statement, and then following it with more detailed, specific goals. By the final draft, your Mission Statement and Goals will look much like an essay.

Stephen Covey, author of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, advocates creating a personal mission statement to set goals and begin "with the end in mind." In fact, he states,

Creating a Personal Mission Statement will be, without question, one of the most powerful and significant things you will ever do to take leadership of you life. In it you will identify the most important roles, relationships, and things in your life – who you want to be, what you want to do, to whom and what you want of give your life, the principles you want to anchor your life to, the legacy you want to leave. All the goals and decisions you will make in the future will be based upon it. It’s like deciding first which wall you want to lean your ladder of life against, and then beginning to climb. It will be a compass – a strong source of guidance amid the stormy seas and pressing, pulling currents of your life.

Consider Covey's advice for your own essay. For this assignment, you have numerous options. This mission statement can be as detailed and as personal as you like, encompassing all the facets of your life. Or, perhaps you don't want to share such intimate details. In that case, focus strictly on a mission statement and goals about college.

The more concise and succinct a mission statement is, the better. But each word must count. Your final draft may only be a single page, but the thought and effort put into that page should be obvious. This assignment should not exceed two complete pages.

Your grading criteria will be the Five Criteria of Effective Writing. Check the Essay Grading Rubric in the Student Guide for specifics.

 

Grade Breakdown:

  Participation Content Conventions
Excellent (8-10) Provides comments in a regular and equitable manner. Interacts with a variety of participants. Reveals a solid understanding of the topic as evidenced by thoughtful original posts, responses, and questions. Provides new information on a regular basis. The posts show solo exploration. Introduces a different interpretation to an idea that wakes up the class. Complete sentences, clear organization, grammatically correct and free of spelling errors. Always cites sources.
Good/Average (5-7) Provides comments in a regular manner Reveals an adequate understanding of the topic. Provides new information from time to time. The posts show that the student has completed the readings. Offers a good critical analysis of an existing posted idea. Complete sentences, clear organization, but some grammar and/or spelling errors.
Fair (1-4) Sporadically provides comments. Interacts with only one or two participants. Reveals a restricted understanding of the topic limited to information that could be derived from only online material and prior posts. Only agrees or disagrees with existing discussion. Merely regurgitates the information provided in the lesson. Has three or more grammar and/or spelling errors per paragraph.
Poor (0 pts) Provides minimal comments and information to other participants. It's evident that the student only read the posts of the students prior to contributing. There are no new ideas, theories or questions evident. Provides no evidence of thought, agreement, or disagreement with existing discussion Poor sentence structure, inadequate organization, several grammar and/or spelling errors. Use of slang or "Internet grammar" such as "u" for "you."

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 09/06/2015 03:00 pm
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