111 - Essay #1
essay assignment will give you practice in essay structure and
one of the following subjects for your essay:
- The wise Yoda in a Star
Wars movie once said, “Hard to see, the dark side is.” Describe a situation with which you are
familiar that fits the idea expressed in this quotation.
- Describe the good and bad
points of being a “nontraditional” student (returning to school after
military service, employment, raising a family, or the like). After weighing the good and bad points,
what is your overall impression of being a nontraditional student? Does the good outweigh the bad? or vice versa?
- Explain the role of
athletics in your life. Was the
experience of playing sports positive or negative? What did you learn from it?
- Describe an activity for
which you have a passion—not just something that’s fun or a fleeting
hobby, but something that you deeply LOVE that you consider to be an
essential part of who you are. How
did this passion develop? How does
it reveal itself in your life? What
benefit have you received from this passion?
- Describe your philosophy
about education. Reflect on your
reasons for attending college, what you hope college will do for you, what
you value about education, and your commitment to your education. You might also discuss the origins of
your educational philosophy—what family,
academic, and other forces may have influenced this philosophy?
essay will be graded on the following criteria:
Structure/organization: 20 points
points (10 points each for introduction and conclusion; 30 points for body)
Mechanics: 20 points
Draft workshop: 10 points
Structure/organization focuses on overall essay
structure (does the essay have a clear 3-part structure?) as well as the
organization of paragraphs and details (are the details placed in the most
logical location?). The content
score is based on how well each part of your essay is developed with details,
examples, etc. The mechanics
score focuses on proofreading. Fragments
and run-ons count off 3 points each; subject/verb agreement and other sentence
structure errors are -2 points each; and spelling and punctuation errors are –1