Work 1

Fable Narrative Instructions

This first required assignment asks you to write your own version of a traditional fairy tale. There is no DRAFT submission for the Fable Narrative, so please upload your essay as a .doc or .docx file into the Fable Narrative upload area for grading.

Traditional fables and fairy tales typically have some kind of moral lesson that serves as the main idea (or thesis).

For this assignment, you will write your own Fable Narrative with a thesis based on the main idea from one of the traditional stories that you read.

Additional helpful resources:

Fable Narrative Rubric | Fable Narrative Sample

OPTION #1: MODERN-DAY TALE

Go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/grimm/redcap.html to read one of the classic stories authored by the Grimm Brothers in the nineteenth century. Identify the main idea/thesis and rewrite the fairy tale into a story that applies to today’s society, ensuring that the story idea remains the same. Just as with an essay, there must be details that support the thesis. Organize your tale into an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Consider introducing the story in the introduction and creating a thesis statement at the end of the introduction that contains the story’s moral as well as an overview of the story’s main events.

Sample Thesis Statement: “When Cinderella disobeyed her step-mother and went to her high school prom, she was grounded and wasn’t allowed to even attend classes, which resulted in Child Protective Services removing the step-mother from the home and showing how good always prevails over evil.

After you create the thesis statement, rewrite the fable in the body paragraphs using chronological order. Be sure to sum up the story’s main points as well as the moral in the conclusion.

Formatting and Submission Requirements

Tip: Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.

Tip: In either option, please avoid copying and pasting any portions of the original fable.

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Course Title (Composition I)
  • Assignment name (Fable Narrative)
  • Current Date

Length: This assignment should be at least 500 words.

Format:
  • Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page (To insert page numbers in your Word document, click or tap Insert > Page Number.)
  • Double-spacing throughout
  • Title, centered after heading
  • Standard font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Save the file as .docx or .doc format
  • Underline your thesis statement.

Work 2

Descriptive Paragraph Instructions

You are required to submit the FINAL copy of this assignment, but you may first submit an optional DRAFT. This will allow you to receive qualitative feedback that can inform your revision. You should always avoid focusing solely on the grader’s DRAFT feedback; use the feedback as a supplement to the course lessons and your own revision ideas. Always expect to revise beyond what the DRAFT grader specifically notes.

Additional helpful resources:

Descriptive Paragraph Rubric | Descriptive Paragraph Sample

Choose one photo from the Time Magazine website at this address: http://lightbox.time.com/?iid=lf|tn

You will choose a photograph from the Time site and write a descriptive paragraph. Use all five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch) to create vivid and tangible images in your own paragraph. Be sure to address each sense in its physical form and avoid metaphors. See below:

  • Sight: “The green pine trees dotted the horizon.”
  • Hearing: “The last-minute buzzer echoed through the stadium.”
  • Smell: “The sweet aroma of jasmine filled my nose as I jogged past the flower garden.”
  • Taste: “The cookies taste sweet with a hint of salt.”
  • Touch: “The sand felt cold, wet, and gritty beneath my feet.”

A topic sentence for this assignment should introduce the main point or points in the paragraph using key terms. In this case, you should touch upon the five senses because they are the focus of this paragraph. For example, “Attending the basketball game opened up my senses to vibrant lights, loud sounds, salty aromas, mouth-watering treats, and stinging sensations from so much clapping.”

Finally, add directional transitions (above the fountain, next to the doorway, to the left of the trees, etc.) to show the location and relationship of objects in the photo. This will help the reader paint a picture by placing objects in the scene without seeing the image.

You can write this from a third person perspective (as a viewer from the outside) or from a first person perspective (as if you were experiencing this scene firsthand).

Please copy-and-paste the photo image at the top of your paragraph (see Descriptive Paragraph Sample).

When you submit your paragraph for review, include the name of the photograph (if available) and the exact URL where you accessed your chosen photograph. For this shorter assignment, you need not include this information in a formal MLA Works Cited list. You may simply put the photo title and URL at the bottom of the essay.

BELOW FIND THE REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT

Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Course Title (Composition I)
  • Assignment name (Descriptive Paragraph)
  • Current Date

Length: This assignment should be one full paragraph, or at least 10 sentences.

Format:

  • Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
  • Double-spacing throughout
  • Title, centered after heading
  • Standard font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Save the file as .docx or .doc format

Underline your topic sentence.


Work 3

Summary Exercise Instructions

For this assignment only, there is no draft option. You should simply submit your required final copy whenever you are ready. This assignment is designed to inform your larger research project.

Additional helpful resources:

Summary Exercise Rubric | Summary Exercise Sample 1

Option #1: Investigate and Interview

You have already chosen a topic and created a working thesis statement for your research paper topic. Find a non-profit organization (e.g., one that provides literacy instruction, a support group for cancer patients, a shelter that provides refuge for battered women) in your city that is connected to your topic. For example, if you are researching services for blind people, you might interview someone at the National Federation of the Blind.

Explain your assignment and request an interview with a staff member who is considered an expert in the field. Create 10 to 20 questions related to your thesis statement to ask the interviewee. For the writing assignment (Note that you should be conducting this interview yourself. You should not be summarizing an interview that someone else conducted):

  • Create an introduction that includes the interviewee’s background. What is his/ her name? What is his/her position? How long has your interviewee worked at this organization, and what is his/her role there? These are just some of the questions that you can ask to help you build your introductory paragraph.
  • Summarize the interviewee’s responses in approximately three cohesive body paragraphs.
  • Finish with a concluding paragraph that explains how this interview helped you better understand your chosen research paper topic.The guidelines and requirements for this assignment are as follows:

Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.

Length: This piece should be approximately 1-2 double-spaced pages or 500 words.

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Course Title (Composition I)
  • Assignment name (Summary Exercise)
  • Current Date

Format:

  • Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
  • Double-spacing throughout
  • Title, centered after heading
  • Standard font (TimesNewRoman or Calibri)
  • 1” margins on all sides
  • MLA-style citations and Works Cited list for any sources used
  • Save the file as .docx or .doc format

Underline your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.

Work 4

Compare and Contrast Instructions

The table below provides an extensive list of topic options from which you must select, and we recommend that you choose one that you are interested in beyond this course. For instance, if you are a Finance or Business major, you might be interested in the Stocks v. Bonds topic. If you are a Political Science major, you might choose Monarchy v. Presidency. Or perhaps you’re taking StraighterLine’s Intro to Philosophy course, in which case you might opt for the Hobbes v. Locke topic. Note that you must use at least one credible source to support your ideas.

Additional helpful resources:

Compare/Contrast Rubric | Compare and Contrast Sample

You may choose any of these topics:
Topic Options
  • Stocks v. Bonds
  • Socialism v. Capitalism
  • Hitler v. Napoleon
  • Apple v. Microsoft
  • Renaissance Art v. Baroque Art (or any two artistic periods)
  • Biology v. Chemistry
  • America in the 1950s v. the 1970s
  • Women in 1914 v. today
  • Pop Culture in the 1980s v. Pop Culture today
  • Abraham Lincoln v. Thomas Jefferson (or any two presidencies)
  • British English v. American English
  • Writing for print v. Writing for the Web•American Government v. Canadian Government (or any world government)
  • US Constitution v. Articles of Confederation
  • Star Wars v. Star Trek
  • Monarchy v. Presidency
  • Thomas Hobbes v. John Locke (or any two philosophers)
  • The former USSR v. Russia today
  • (World War) Allies v. Axis
  • Maya Angelou v. Adrienne Rich (or any two poets)
  • Nazism v. Fascism
  • Choose one of the options above and write an essay comparing or contrasting the two topics in your selection using EITHER the point-by-point OR the subject-by-subject method to organize the details and specific examples. Consider focusing on three to five subtopics and generate ideas through prewriting. Develop a strong thesis statement for your essay that includes your two topics from the list above; your three to five subtopics; and a claim about how they are similar, different, or both.

    Sample Thesis Statements:

    If you will argue that your two topics are mostly similar:

    Topic A and Topic B share many similar characteristics, including (Supporting point 1), (Supporting point 2), and (Supporting point 3); while they differ in (Additional supporting point), the similarities greatly outweigh the differences.

    OR

    If you will argue that your two topics are mostly different:

    While Topic A and Topic B have (Additional supporting point) in common, they are mostly quite different; in fact, they differ in characteristics such as (Supporting point 1), (Supporting point 2), and (Supporting point 3).

    OR

    If you will argue that your two topics have many important/interesting similarities and differences:

    Analyzing Topic A and Topic B reveals many fascinating similarities as well as differences; for instance, they share (Supporting point 1) and (Supporting point 1), but are vastly different when it comes to (Supporting point 3) and (Supporting point 4).

    Tips

    To brainstorm, you might consider using a Venn diagram or a simple list to show what your topics have in common and how they differ. Then you can select the most prominent or interesting characteristics that you want to highlight in your paper.

    Be sure to avoid beginning your comparisons or contrasts in the introduction. Your thesis is the only place in the introduction where you will include this information. Use the introduction to get your reader’s attention, and consider using a good strategy that leads into the topic. For instance, you might relate a short anecdote to illustrate your topic, an interesting quotation that relates to your topic, or perhaps a surprising statistic that reveals something about your topic.

    Then, in the body paragraphs remember to support your claim(s) outlined in the thesis. For instance, if one of your points says the city and the country are different in terms of transportation, be sure the topic sentence of one body paragraph presents a similar statement. In addition, spend equal time on each subtopic in each body paragraph, and one way to develop organized body paragraphs is to focus on one topic before moving to the next one so that the paragraph support is split 50/50. In other words, using the example above, you would explain the transportation options in the city in full, and then, you would detail the types of contrasting transportation in the country. End each body paragraph with a strong concluding sentence that synthesizes that paragraph’s discussions.

    The conclusion should sum up the specific supporting points as well as your overall assessment of why these points are important. Consider what kinds of interesting or new conclusions you can draw from your comparison. In other words, your essay must reveal why your comparison is important. A well-developed paragraph often contains a minimum of five sentences. Note that any of the main sections below labeled with Roman Numerals (I, II, III, IV) could be more than just a single paragraph.

    Point-by-Point

    I. Introduction
    A. Thesis
    B. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attention

    II. Supporting point 1
    A. Topic 1
    B. Topic 2

    III. Supporting point 2
    A. Topic 1
    B. Topic 2

    IV. Supporting point 3
    A. Topic 1
    B. Topic 2

    V. Supporting point 4 or Additional point
    A. Topic 1
    B. Topic 2

    VI. Conclusion
    A. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)
    B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?

    Subject-by-Subject

    I. Introduction
    A. Thesis
    B. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attention

    II. Topic 1
    A. Supporting point 1
    B. Supporting point 2
    C. Supporting point 3
    D. Supporting point 4 or Additional point

    III. Topic 2
    A. Supporting point 1
    B. Supporting point 2
    C. Supporting point 3
    D. Supporting point 4 or Additional point

    V. Conclusion
    A. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)
    B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?

    Here’s an example of how you might organize using these methods for an essay about cats versus dogs as pets (remember, this topic is not one of the options for this essay).

    Point-by-Point

    I. Introduction
    A. Thesis: While cats and dogs are both clear winners when it comes to pet choices, these animals are vastly different when it comes to noise level, exercise needs, and cleanliness.

    II. Subtopic 1: Noise level
    A. Topic 1: Cats are quiet
    B. Topic 2: Dogs can be noisy

    III. Subtopic 2: Exercise
    A. Topic 1: Cats do not have to be walked
    B. Topic 2: Dogs require exercise

    IV. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness
    A. Topic 1: Cats groom themselves
    B. Topic 2: Dogs need to be bathed

    V. Conclusion

    Subject-by-Subject

    I. Introduction
    A. Thesis: While cats and dogs are both clear winners when it comes to pet choices, these animals are vastly different when it comes to noise level, exercise needs, and cleanliness.

    II. Topic 1: Cats
    A. Subtopic 1: Noise level
    B. Subtopic 2: Exercise
    C. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness

    III. Topic 2: Dogs
    A. Subtopic 1: Noise level
    B. Subtopic 2: Exercise
    C. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness

    IV. Conclusion

    The guidelines for this assignment are as follows:

    Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.

    Length: This assignment should be at least 500 words.

    Sources: You need a bare minimum of one credible source for this assignment.

    Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

    • Your first and last name
    • Course Title (Composition I)
    • Assignment name (Comparison and Contrast)
    • Current Date

    Format:

    • MLA style documentation (please see the tutorial in the course topic)
    • Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
    • Double-spacing throughout
    • Title, centered after heading
    • Standard font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
    • 1″ margins on all sides
    • Save the file as .docx or .doc format

    work 5

    Personal Narrative Instructions

    You are required to submit the FINAL copy of this assignment, but you may first submit an optional DRAFT. This will allow you to receive qualitative feedback that can inform your revision. You should always avoid focusing solely on the grader’s DRAFT feedback; use the feedback as a supplement to the course lessons and your own revision ideas. Always expect to revise beyond what the DRAFT grader specifically notes.

    Additional helpful resources:

    Personal Narrative Rubric | Personal Narrative Sample 1 | Personal Narrative Sample 2

    OPTION #1: A LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT

    Think of a specific experience that had a huge impact on you–something that really changed your life in some way (winning the state championship, riding your first roller coaster, surviving a car accident, going on your first date, etc.). Then, write a narrative about that experience. Make sure that it has an introduction, several body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use time, dialogue, descriptive details, and one point-of-view to tell the story leading up to the climax of your life-changing moment. For instance, if your life-changing moment discusses your first date, the last body paragraph before the conclusion should detail your date and the previous body paragraphs should explain the events leading up to the date.

    The conclusion should sum up the major subtopics in your story as well as explain how this event changed you. For instance, did it teach you a lesson? Did you walk away with a new appreciation for something?

    Sample Thesis Statement: “After I got to know John, I discovered that you should not judge people on first appearances.” Your job after this is to tell the story of this thesis statement.

    Remember to underline your thesis!

    The guidelines and requirements for this assignment are as follows:

    Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.

    Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

    • Your first and last name
    • Course Title (Composition I)
    • Assignment name (Personal Narrative)
    • Current Date

    Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words.

    Format:

    • Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
    • Double-spacing throughout
    • Title, centered after heading
    • Standard font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
    • 1” margins on all sides
    • Save the file as .docx or .doc format

    Underline your thesis statement.


    Work 6

    Persuasive Instructions

    You are required to submit the FINAL copy of this assignment, but you may first submit an optional DRAFT. This will allow you to receive qualitative feedback that can inform your revision. You should always avoid focusing solely on the grader’s DRAFT feedback; use the feedback as a supplement to the course lessons and your own revision ideas. Always expect to revise beyond what the DRAFT grader specifically notes.

    Additional helpful resources:

    Persuasive Rubric | Persuasive Sample 1 |

    OPTION #1: FALLACIES IN THE MEDIA’S SPOTLIGHT

    Identify and research a person in the media’s spotlight who has used a specific logical fallacy. Please be sure the thesis statement includes the logical fallacy you discuss in your paper, the person who used it, and a brief look at the examples from your paper showing how the fallacy was used. Use a persuasive tone throughout to encourage your chosen audience to accept your thesis statement. Detailing the fallacy examples and explaining how they relate to your chosen fallacy is a strong persuasive method for the body paragraphs. Strive to provide at least three examples (one for each body paragraph) where the person used the fallacy.

    Sample Thesis Statement: “Kim Kardashian used the Post Hoc Fallacy when (add example 1), (add example 2), and (add example 3).

    THE GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT ARE AS FOLLOWS:

    Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.

    Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

    • Your first and last name
    • Course Title (Composition I)
    • Assignment name (Persuasive Essay)
    • Current Date

    Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words.

    Format:

    • Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
    • Double-spacing throughout
    • Title, centered after heading
    • Standard font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
    • 1” margins on all sides
    • Save the file as .docx or .doc format

    Underline your thesis statement.

     
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