- Fall 2001
for CRN #40561, Tues.-Thurs. 11:00 am - 12:15 pm, Jefferson 101 (Cora Agatucci)
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See Fall 2001 WR 20 Course Plan for Deadlines
Directions for Paragraph #3 (Description)
[USE THIS HEADING:]
Janet Student (Your Name)
WR 20, Dr. Agatucci (Identify Course & Instructor)
Paragraph #3: Description (Identify Assignment)
1 November 2001 (Date Due for Revised version to be graded)
[CENTER YOUR PARAGRAPH TITLE]
Directions for Paragraph #3: Description
(Worth: 10% of course grade)
DUE TUES., OCT. 30: Preliminary Draft of Paragraph #3, with 3 readable copies to be workshopped in class
DUE THURS., NOV. 1: Revised Draft of Paragraph #3 (to be graded). Please submit Revised Draft in a manila folder, with preliminary drafts enclosed. Revised Draft (to be graded) must be typed or word-processed, and double spaced. Use the recommended heading for WR 20 assignments (see above) and give your paragraph a title relevant to the topic or point of your paragraph.
THE WRITING PROCESS
1. Analyze & Understand the Assignment. A key first step in the Writing Process for college students is to analyze and understand the assignment:
See previous Paragraph Directions handouts for advice on Generating Ideas through Pre-Writing, Composing and Organizing your paragraph, and Considering your audience.
WRITING STRATEGIES FOR DESCRIPTIVE PARAGRAPHS (Review Ch. 6):
· Describe a person, place or thing to create a dominant impression or a single main idea, to be expressed in a clear topic sentence.
· Try to create a picture in words, with descriptive detail and vivid word choice that appeal to the reader’s senses (taste, touch, sight, sound, smell, movement). Combine objective and subjective description, describing clearly the object, place, or person, as well as your feelings and impressions about that object, place, or person. You may also wish to use comparisons or note changes in the subject’s form or condition.
· Organize your description logically, which usually means in spatial order and/or from a distinct point of view. What is seen/shown depends how things are located in space, who is doing the seeing and from what perspective. Use transitional words and phrases that signal spatial and other relationships among the parts described, and that connect the parts to the main idea or dominant impression [i.e. topic sentence/s]of the description.
· Select & include specific details that create or emphasize your main impression or point (as expressed in your topic sentence/s); then make sure everything in your paragraph belongs (paragraph unity) because it contributes to the dominant impression or main idea (topic sentence) of your description.
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