Week One Guidance Welcome to eng121

This course is designed to enable students to develop competence in analyzing, organizing, and developing ideas; to locate and use library resources for supporting ideas; and to adapt their writing to various audiences. The course focuses on instruction and practice in writing and critical reading.

Week One Activity Overview


1st Post Due by Day 1. Introduce yourself to your classmates and your instructor on the first day of class. Share something about yourself: who you are, where you are from, what your hobbies are, what you are thinking of majoring in, etc. Additionally, you must include one interesting or memorable fact about yourself.Your initial post should be at least 150 words long. Respond to at least three of your classmates' introductions by Day 7. Each response should be at least 25 words long. Use this forum to get acquainted and for any conversations that are not course related.

Reading strategies DISCUSSION post

1st Post Due by Day 3. Your first post for this discussion thread is due on Thursday, Day 3 of this week. Your responses to your classmates are due on Monday, Day 7.Discuss how the SQ3R reading strategy is similar to and/or different from the way you read course material previously. Explain how using SQ3R improved your comprehension of the course materials. Be sure to use specific examples. You can also explore how you might apply this strategy in your everyday life. Respond to Peers: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. In your responses, state what have you learned as a result of reading about your peer’s experience as well as how it was similar to or different from your own experience. Share your thoughts on how your classmate’s experience informed your own experience. Answer your classmates’ question about the assigned reading to the best of your knowledge.

Generating ideas discussion post

Your first post for this discussion thread is due on Thursday, Day 3 of this week. Your responses to your classmates are due on Monday, Day 7. Provide your three to five ideas (in list format) for your Final Essay. Write a paragraph explaining how you used the techniques in Chapter 4 to come up with those ideas. Share what you think the key elements of a narrative are (i.e., what makes a good story work). Respond to Peers: Review what your peers have posted, and respond to two classmates on the following: Explain which of your classmates’ ideas for a personal essay seem more intriguing and why. Compare the techniques your classmates used to develop their ideas in comparison to the techniques you chose. Explain why you chose the techniques you did and whether you will try your classmates’ techniques in the future.

personal essay assignment

The essay will be used to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and it will allow me the opportunity to identify grammatical, stylistic, and mechanical problems specific to each student. You will earn full credit for completing this assignment as long as you follow instructions. In other words, I am not grading any grammar or other mechanical aspects. A personal essay is about a life experience, person, or object that has significance to you and that you tell to an audience for a reason. Use one of the ideas for a personal essay that you came up with in the “Generating Ideas for Writing” discussion. Chapter 6 of your textbook will give you more information on how to write a personal essay. You may use first person and may incorporate dialogue (using quotes) if appropriate. I will be looking for the following aspects within your essay: (1) Structure – The consistency with which the writer identifies and maintains the essay’s main idea. (2) Thesis Statement – Emphasizes the main point proven in the essay. The thesis usually occurs early in the essay. (3) Topic Sentences – Occur near the beginning of each paragraph. They state what the paragraph proves and advance the main idea conveyed in the thesis statement. (4)  Development – How the writer uses details and examples to evolve ideas throughout the essay and sequence of ideas presented in the essay. All of the ideas within the essay should clearly relate to the main point. (5) Style – How writers chose to express themselves. Elements of style include word choice, sentence construction, and clarity. Style elements can vary according to the audience and purpose of the writing. Finally, please note that you may use the subject for this personal essay to write your Week Three “Personal Essay – Draft” assignment and your Final Essay, which is due in Week Five. If you opt to use this topic and some of this essay, you must revise the parts of this essay you use based on my feedback and the Ashford Writing Center tutors'.


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