Posted: April 19th, 2016
Journal 1 Unit 1: Introduction to Composition, Entries 1–6 Journal Entry Criteria Your journal will be evaluated according to the following requirements: Ideas and Content: How accurately and effectively you responded to the entry; your writing focused on the topic of the entry and is based on the correct reading assignments in your texts; you effectively engaged with the content of the reading assignments and composed thoughtful original responses to each entry; when required, you cited and documented secondary source material appropriately and correctly. Organization: How well prewriting or organizing entries are developed; all paragraphs begin with an appropriate topic sentence and are developed fully by using examples, illustration, and/or evidence; each entry meets the required minimum length. General Correctness: How well entries meet the expectations of college-level academic writing in the areas of sentence structure, grammar, word choice and spelling, and punctuation. Format: How accurately you followed the prescribed format for the journal by including the required header, entry title and date, and used correct margins, font, and line spacing.
Entry 1: Me, A Writer? Attitude: After reading Chapters 1–4 in your textbook, describe your attitude toward completing this course. As part of the description, explore how your feelings about being required to take a composition course may affect your performance in accomplishing the course objectives. (1 paragraph, 6 sentences) Inventory: Take the learning inventory quiz starting on page 35 in your textbook. Explain what you learned about yourself as a writer working through the inventory exercise. Discuss two ways you want to improve as a writer and why. (1 paragraph, 6 sentences)
Entry 2: The Role of Correctness in Writing As you complete the Parts of Speech, Sentence Skills, and Word Usage online study units, consider the importance of correctness in writing. How do errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation affect the relationship between the writer and the reader of an essay? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer? (2 paragraphs, 5–7 sentences for each question)
Entry 3: Prewriting and Thesis Statement Brainstorm: Review the description of brainstorming in your textbook on pages 112–113. Then write a list of all the social media and social networking websites and apps you might use to connect with friends and family and to meet people. Respond: What are some differences among the sites you listed? How would you categorize them? (1 paragraph, 5 sentences) Write a thesis statement: Review “Writing Assertions” on page 115 in your textbook. Then follow the guidelines on pages 126–127 in your textbook to write an effective thesis statement based on one of the topics you listed previously.
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