personal essay

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ENG 115 ASSIGNMENT 1: PERSONAL ESSAY Due Week 3 and worth 100 points You have a wealth of experiences, knowledge, and opinions that make you who you are. For your first assignment you will share your opinions and/or experiences to write a personal essay. What is a personal essay? It’s one of many types of formal essays. All formal essays maintain the same basic structure: Introduction with a thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, and conclusion. The personal essay is a narrative in which the author writes about an experience that was highly meaningful (usually a lesson was learned) or about a topic that they have an opinion about. For this assignment, choose a topic and discuss three reasons why the topic is important to you. The topic choices are presented in your webtext. INSTRUCTIONS: Compose a two (2) page paper in which you do the following: 1. Use first person point of view (POV) and the appropriate voice and tone throughout your paper. a. Did you use first person pronouns? (I, we, me, us, my/mine, our/ours) b. Does your personality carry over in your writing? Are your word choices personal and consistent? c. Is the tone casual/informal? Does it express your attitude about the topic? 2. Write an introduction paragraph, which includes your thesis statement. It is suggested that this paragraph contain 5-7 sentences. a. Does your introduction include an attention grabber or hook, and/or some background information on the topic? b. Does your thesis statement include three personal reasons why the topic is meaningful to you? c. Is your thesis statement clear and concise? d. Does your introduction provide a preview of the rest of your essay? 3. Write a supporting/body paragraph for each of the three (3) points/reasons from your thesis statement. It is suggested that each paragraph contain at least 5-7 sentences. a. Do your body paragraphs support each point of your thesis with relevant examples, observations, or experiences? 4. Write with logic and with transitions throughout your paper. a. Are your ideas consistent and well-organized, i.e., chronological order or order of importance? b. Do your ideas flow from one sentence to the next and one paragraph to the next, in the order presented in your thesis statement? 5. Write a conclusion paragraph. It is suggested that this paragraph contain 5-7 sentences. a. Did you paraphrase or restate the thesis in a new way? b. Did you leave a lasting impression, so that your readers continue thinking about your topic after they have finished reading? 6. Apply proper grammar, mechanics, punctuation and APA formatting throughout your paper. a. Did you check your grammar? i. The way words are put together to make units of meaning: Sentence structure, pronoun-agreement, etc. b. Did you check your essay for mechanics? i. All the “technical” stuff in writing: Spelling, capitalization, use of numbers and other symbols, etc. b. Did you check the punctuation? i. The “symbols” used to help people read/process sentences the way you want them to be heard and understood: Periods, question marks, commas, colons, etc. d. Did you format according to APA style? (See requirements below.) APA FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS: Your assignment must follow these general APA formatting requirements: • • • Be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. It should also have a running header, short title headers, numbered pages, indented paragraphs, and hanging indent(s) for references. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. Note: The cover page is not included in the required assignment page length of two (2) pages. Refer to the Soomo webtext or check with your professor for any additional instructions. Points: 100 Criteria 1. Point of View (POV), Voice, and Tone Weight: 10% 2. Introduction and Thesis Weight: 15% 3. Supporting Paragraphs Weight: 20% Assignment 1: Personal Essay Unacceptable Meets Minimum Expectations Fair Proficient Exemplary Below 60% - F 60-69% - D 70-79% - C 80-89% - B 90-100% - A Did not use first person POV at all in the paper. Voice is inconsistent and lacks personality or identity throughout the paper. Tone is not informal and attitude is unrecognizable throughout the paper. Uses first person POV in a couple sentences of the paper. Voice may be inconsistent and lacks personality or identity throughout most of the paper. Tone is mostly formal and attitude is mostly unrecognizable throughout most of the paper. Uses first person POV throughout some of the paper. Voice is somewhat consistent and personality or identity is somewhat evident throughout the paper. Tone is fairly informal and attitude is somewhat recognizable throughout most of the paper. Uses first person POV throughout most of the paper. Voice is mostly consistent and personality or identity is evident throughout most of the paper. Tone is adequately informal and attitude is recognizable throughout the paper. Uses first person POV throughout the paper. Voice is consistent and personality or identity is evident throughout the paper. Tone is completely informal and attitude is easily recognizable throughout the paper. Introduction does not include a hook and/or background information on the topic. Thesis statement does not include 3 personal reasons why the topic is meaningful, it is not clear, and/or it is wordy. It does not give a preview of the rest of the essay. Introduction attempts to hook and/or to provide background information on the topic. Thesis statement includes 3 reasons why the topic is meaningful but they are all general rather than personal, it is not entirely clear; and/ or it is wordy. It barely previews the rest of the essay. Introduction includes a sufficient hook and/or background information on the topic. Thesis statement includes 3 reasons why the topic is meaningful but 1-2 are general rather than personal, it is clear, and/or concise. It somewhat previews the rest of the essay. Introduction includes an effective hook and/or mostly relevant background information on the topic. Thesis statement includes 3 personal reasons why the topic is meaningful, and is sufficiently clear and concise. It gives an adequate preview of the rest of the essay. Introduction includes a compelling hook and/or relevant background information on the topic. Thesis statement includes 3 personal reasons why the topic is meaningful, and is completely clear and concise. It gives a completely effectual preview of the rest of the essay. Did not write or incompletely wrote supporting paragraphs for each point from the thesis statement. No examples are provided to support each point of the thesis. Insufficiently wrote supporting paragraphs for each point from the thesis statement. Examples are not relevant and do not support the thesis. Satisfactorily wrote supporting paragraphs for each point from the thesis statement. Relevant examples are mostly supportive of each point of the thesis. Clearly wrote supporting paragraphs for each point from the thesis statement. Relevant examples fully support each point of the thesis. Partially wrote supporting paragraphs for each point from the thesis statement. Relevant examples are somewhat provided to support each point of the thesis. Points: 100 Criteria 4. Transitions and Logic Weight: 15% 5. Conclusion Weight: 15% 6. Grammar, Mechanics, Punctuation, and APA Formatting Weight: 25% Assignment 1: Personal Essay Unacceptable Meets Minimum Expectations Fair Proficient Exemplary Below 60% - F 60-69% - D 70-79% - C 80-89% - B 90-100% - A Ideas are inconsistent and/or are not presented in a logical order. Transition words are not used effectively to move from one idea, paragraph, and/or sentence to the next throughout the paper. Body paragraphs are not in the order presented in the thesis statement. Ideas may not be consistent and/or are inadequately presented in a logical order. Transition words are used ineffectively to move from one idea, paragraph, and/or sentence to the next throughout most of the paper. Body paragraphs may not in the order presented in the thesis statement. Ideas are fairly consistent and/ or are partially presented in a logical order. Transition words are used somewhat effectively to move from one idea, paragraph, and/ or sentence to the next throughout some of the paper. Body paragraphs are partially in the order presented in the thesis statement. Ideas are mostly consistent and/or are presented in a logical order. Transition words are used adequately to move from idea, paragraph, and/ or sentence to the next throughout most of the paper. Body paragraphs are mostly in the order presented in thesis statement. Ideas are completely consistent and/or are clearly presented in a logical order. Transition words are used effectively to move from idea, paragraph, and/ or sentence to the next throughout the paper. Body paragraphs are in the order presented in thesis statement. Conclusion does not paraphrase or rephrase the thesis in a new way. It does not leave a lasting impression. Conclusion attempts to paraphrase or rephrase the thesis in a new way. It attempts to leave a lasting impression. Conclusion paraphrases or rephrases some of the thesis in a new way. It sufficiently left a lasting impression. Conclusion adequately paraphrases or rephrases the thesis in a new way. It was somewhat effective in leaving a lasting impression. Conclusion effectually paraphrases or rephrases the thesis in a new way. It left a powerful lasting impression. There are more than 8 mechanics, grammar, and punctuation errors. The paper is not double-spaced; font is incorrect; margins are not one-inch on all sides, and, there may not be a cover page. It does not have headers, pages numbers, indented paragraphs, and/or hanging indents. There are 7-8 mechanics, grammar, and punctuation errors. The paper is double-spaced; font is correct; margins are one-inches on any sides, and, there is a cover page. It only includes 1 of the following elements: headers, pages numbers, indented paragraphs, and/or hanging indents. There are 5-6 mechanics, grammar, and punctuation errors. The paper is double-spaced; font is correct; margins are one-inches on any sides, and, there is a cover page. It includes 2 of the following elements: headers, pages numbers, indented paragraphs, and/or hanging indents. There are 3-4 mechanics, grammar, and punctuation errors. The paper is double-spaced; font is correct; margins are one-inches on any sides, and, there is a cover page. It includes 3 of the following elements: headers, pages numbers, indented paragraphs, and/or hanging indents. There are 0-2 mechanics, grammar, and punctuation errors. The paper is double-spaced; font is correct; margins are one-inches on any sides; and, there is a cover page. It includes all of the following elements: headers, pages numbers, indented paragraphs, and/or hanging indents.

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