This assignment should be completed by WEEK 6 of this class You will write an essay about the importance of physical activity. Overview of assignment
Purpose: to persuade and inform Audience: teens and young adults who don’t want to participate in physical activities, OR who don’t want to allow less skillful players to participate Topic: Why is physical activity important to everyone? Think about this first in terms of general categories of people (for instance, children, parents, the elderly, people with disabilities, people under stress, students, employees, women, men etc). Then, for the body of your essay, choose a few specific categories (for instance, in the general category of people with disabilities, you might think about someone with autism, someone in a wheelchair, or someone with cystic fibrosis; in the general category of people under stress, someone whose parent is serving in a combat zone, helping take care of a grandparent with Alzheimer’s, being bullied, or a college student who is having financial trouble, etc). [Note: don’t just copy my categories! You can use one of them, but come up with at least two of your own.] Include examples of personal experiences--things you have seen or done. Length: at least 450 words.
Overview of grading This essay will be graded on the six traits of writing. Ideas & content will count 50%. Organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions will each count 10%.
|Content by paragraph||Structure|
|1. Begin with a thesis statement about physical activity being important to everyone. Then, in two or three sentences, tell why this is true for at least four general categories of people.||Introduction: Write at least four complete sentences.|
|2. Choose one or two specific categories of people to focus on in this paragraph. Do some quick research, and include a quote or statistic about how common one of them is.||Topic sentence, then three+ sentences with supporting details and examples|
|3. Choose one or two other specific categories of people to focus on in this paragraph. Include a personal experience that is relevant. You might include another quote.||Topic sentence, then three+ sentences with supporting details and examples|
|4. Suggest some reasons/excuses people might give why the categories of people you discussed shouldn’t be involved in a sport or physical activity. Explain why these reasons or excuses are wrong, or not important enough. Include another personal experience that is relevant. You might include another quote.||Topic sentence, then three+ sentences with supporting details and examples|
|5. Suggest actions people should take in the future to support your thesis – OR – Sum up why physical activity has been important in your own life. End with a general statement about the specific categories of people you discussed in the middle paragraphs.||Conclusion: At least three complete sentences|
|(below main essay) List all of the places where you found information.||Works cited: The author’s name (last name first) should be listed first, if you know the author. The title of the book, website or article is next. Include the url’s of any websites.|