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1 Academic English Writing Course Code: ENG 113 Descriptive Essay Assignment Instructor: Ahood Al-Rawashdeh October 14, 2023
2 Academic English Writing ENG 113 Descriptive Essay Assignment Instructor: Ahood Rawashdeh Due Date: Agree on a date and let me know. Essay length: The essay should not exceed 1500 words but not less than 1000 words. Format: The essay should be typed using APA Style. Mark: This assignment stands for (20) marks. Assignment: Write a well-organized descriptive essay about the image that you have selected early on this semester. You can describe a person, an object, an event, or a location. Make sure to describe the subject of your description vividly to the reader. Focus on the use of the five senses, yet you do not have to use all of them at once. Since it is a descriptive essay, focus on using adjectives, adverbs (to describe verbs and the intensity of adjectives), similes, and metaphor. This assignment has three parts: the descriptive essay, an outline of your descriptive essay, and your classmate’s peer review according to the rubric provided in this handout. All components have to be submitted with the assignment including the three drafts of your assignment. In addition, you have to include the prewriting techniques that you have used to write your assignment Purpose: To demonstrate competency in writing an effective descriptive essay and to reflect on the reasons behind choosing this image. Prompts to effectively write your essay: 1. Give your essay a catchy title 2. Use an attention getter to grab the attention of the reader 3. Include at least (5) paragraphs in your essay: introduction, body, and conclusion 4. Draft a thesis statement that informs the reader the topic of your essay 5. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence 6. Each topic should have main details 7. Detail the reasons that influenced your selection of the image that you are describing. 8. Do not forget to use vivid adjectives, adverbs, similes and metaphor in your essay. 9. Watch out for your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and subject verb agreement. Learning Outcomes:
3 1. Identify the different elements, concepts and types of good writing 2. Construct and outline plans on two different topics 3. Analyze different writing texts by editing it individually as well as with peers. 4. Demonstrate critical thinking through complex idea development in creative texts, essays and reports using a range of rhetorical modes Learning Objectives: • Construct a descriptive essay • Create an outline of s descriptive essay • Analyze a descriptive essay • Assess a descriptive essay. Assessment: Your essay will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Content: Essay should have a central idea stated in the opening paragraph, with full details supporting the main point of discussion. You should have three main points with each point having two supporting detailed points. Organization: Essay should have smooth transition between paragraphs, and be well-structured and organized. Mechanics: Avoid making grammatical and punctuation mistakes. Revising and Editing: Effective use of editing and revising of a written document. A. Essay rubric: Your submission will be marked according to the following criteria. Criteria Excellent Good Poor Grade Introduction (4 Marks) Very well-developed introduction with clear thesis statement and a topic sentence. Introduction is missing a thesis statement or a topic sentence. It does not have enough details or creativity. Weak introduction. Missing a thesis statement and does not introduce the central topic of the essay.
4 Body Paragraph (6 Marks) Each body paragraph contains a clear topic sentence that focuses around one point Some body paragraphs don’t contain topic sentence or the topic sentence is not strong Many of the paragraphs are missing essential details. Topic sentence is missing or not clear. Organization (4 Marks) Very effective paragraph transition and essay organization. Organization is clear, Transition is present but they don’t enhance the overall effectiveness of the paragraph Weak organisation. Transition is not present or very minimal. Mechanics (3 Marks) No consistent errors in punctuation, spelling, and grammar Essay has few minor errors in spelling, punctuation, and gramma. Essay has many major errors in punctuation, grammar, and spelling Revising/Editing (3 Marks) Very little revising and editing of the first draft Adhered to the instructor’s feedback. Fixed many mistakes but not all with good revision of the first draft Adhered fully to the instructor’s feedback. Excellent command of editing and revision of the draft Total Grade: 20 Marks B. Outline rubric: Your submission will be marked according to the following criteria. Outline Rubric Outline Rubric Received Possible Formatting 4 The outline is typed 1 Double spaced 1 12 point Times New Roman font 1
5 At least two pages in length 1 Content 16 Topic is written out clearly in the first paragraph 1 Introduction is written out completely 4 Conclusion is written out completely 3 Full sentences are used 2 3 Main Points 3 2 Major Point 2 Thesis is written out and identified clearly 1 Total Marks 20 Write your main points in full sentences. Write your supporting points in phrases. Since it is a composition course, I need to assess the level of each student’s writing abilities, including the organization of a written paper, grammar, punctuation, and most importantly, their critical thinking of how to use the instructor’s feedback to edit and revise a draft. Based on that I constructed my grades accordingly. C. PEER REVIEW OF DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY (10 Marks) After reading your classmate’s essay, you are required to answer the following questions as a review of your peer’s essay: 1. What do you think of the title? Was it an interesting one? Explain. 2. Was the thesis statement clearly phrased? Can you improve the thesis in any way?
6 3. Is the topic sentence clearly identified in the introduction? Have they explained the topic sentence? Explain. 4. Is the central idea of each paragraph clearly identified? 5. Correct any spelling or grammar errors that you find in the essay. 6. Check the background information. Do you think it is enough or should they add more? 7. Have they thoroughly described the central point of each paragraph? Explain. 8. Please do the same for body paragraph 2 and three. 9. Look at your peer’s conclusion. Does it have a final thought? Do they provide a summary of all the main points discussed in the essay? Have they left the reader with a final thought or imagination?
7 Example Outline: Essay Outline Title Organizing Compare Contrast Essays Topic Organizing Compare Contrast Essays Thesis Statement There are two different organizational styles can be used to organize compare and contrast essays. Introduction A paragraph that gets the attention of the reader, states the purpose of the essay and provide a blue print (what should the reader expects in the coming paragraphs) of the essay to the reader. (Transition Signal) Body 1. Body Paragraph (1) Topic Sentence: Begins with a topic sentence that identifies one main idea that will be discussed as support or proof for the thesis statement. Supporting sentences (sub-point): use specific details, demonstrated through closely related examples or evidence, to expand and explain the main idea. Generally, a well-developed paragraph has at least five to eight sentences. (Transition Signal) 2. Body Paragraph (2) Topic Sentence: Begins with a topic sentence that identifies one main idea that will be discussed as support or proof for the thesis statement. Supporting sentences (sub-point): use specific details, demonstrated through closely related examples or evidence, to expand and explain the main idea. Generally, a well-developed paragraph has at least five to eight sentences. Body Paragraph (2) (Transition Signal) 3. Body Paragraph (3) Topic Sentence: Begins with a topic sentence that identifies one main idea that will be discussed as support or proof for the thesis statement. Supporting sentences (sub-point): use specific details, demonstrated through closely related examples or evidence, to expand and explain the main idea. Generally, a well-developed paragraph has at least five to eight sentences. (Transition Signal) Conclusion Paragraph that prepares the audience for the end of the speech, presents any final appeals, and summarizes and wraps up the speech. Here you can either restate your thesis statement differently or summarize your main points.
8 Plagiarism Declaration: The assignment must be your own work only. Insert the below table into your assignment before submission. Plagiarism declaration: 1. I know that plagiarism is wrong. 2. This assignment is my own work. 3. I have not allowed, and will not allow, anyone to copy my work with the intention of passing it off as his or her own work. 4. I acknowledge that copying someone else’s assignment (or part of it) is wrong, and I declare that this assignment is my own work. Dearest Students, I am sure that you all will do a great job on this assignment. Do not stress too much over it. You will be fine. Try to enjoy this new learning experience and benefit from it as much as you can. Do not worry about the marks. Just focus on learning and gaining new knowledge and skills. Your marks are in safe hands. Sincerely, Ohood Good Luck!!!!!!