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ASSIGNMENT 02

ASSIGNMENT 02

EN120 English Composition I

Directions: Be sure to make an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English spelling and grammar. Your response should be a maximum of two (2) double-spaced pages. Refer to the “Assignment Format” page for specific format requirements.

You are required to write a descriptive paragraph for this assignment for a total of 100 points. You may choose any person you have known personally or any place that was important in your life as your topic. However, you must demonstrate mastery of the following in your paragraph. Therefore, the depth (length) of your paragraph must be sufficient to demonstrate these concepts.

a. Topic Sentence – Be sure this is a general statement that states the person, place, or thing you will describe. Highlight this sentence in aqua blue. (10 points)

b. Body Sentences – Be sure to select ideas and write sentences that appeal to the senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, and/or touch) and that are definitely related to the topic sentence. The quality and relationship of these sentences will be evaluated. (10 points)

c. Coherence: Be sure that you organize your paragraph in the best way possible. A coherent paragraph is clear, logical, and readable.

(1) Order: Select the best order for your paragraph (time, space, or importance). Select transitions for your paragraph that demonstrate your understanding of the order. At a minimum, you must use three (3) transitions to demonstrate your understanding of this concept. Highlight these transitions in yellow. (15 points)

(2) Related Sentences: Be sure to repeat words and ideas; use synonyms and substitutions to demonstrate your understanding of this concept. Highlight these related words or sentence parts in gray. (15 points)

d. Sentence Structure: In your paragraph, demonstrate your understanding of the following sentence structures. You must demonstrate at least one (1) of EACH of the following structures. Highlight these in green. (5 points each, for a possible total of 20 points)

(1) Coordinating conjunction

(2) Semicolon

(3) Conjunctive adverb

(4) Subordinate clause followed by an independent clause

e. Concluding Sentence: Be sure to complete your paragraph with a well-written concluding sentence. (15 points)

f. Mechanics and Grammar – Be sure that you complete the final step of the writing process: proofreading. Your paragraph should be free from sentence construction errors and should be spell-checked. (15 points)

This is the end of Assignment 02.

Grading Rubric

Please refer to the rubric on the following page for the grading criteria for this assignment.

EN120 English Composition I: Assignment 02: Descriptive paragraph

CATEGORYExemplarySatisfactoryUnsatisfactoryUnacceptable

10 points8 points5 points0 points

Topic sentence

engagingly and

effectively

names the

person, place or

thing to be

described.

Topic sentence

effectively

names the

person, place or

thing to be

described.

Topic sentence fails

to clearly specify the

person place or

thing to be

described

Topic sentence fails

to specify the

person place or

thing to be

described.

10 points8 points5 points0 points

Sentences

effectively and

engagingly use

words and

phrases that

appeal to the

senses.

Sentences

effectively use

words and

phrases that

appeal to the

senses.

Sentences use very

few words and

phrases that appeal

to the senses.

Sentences do not

include words and

phrases that appeal

to the senses.

30 points20 points10 points0 points

Paragraph uses

the best

possible order

to include

repetition that

engagingly

employs

synonyms and

other effective

substitutions.

Paragraph uses

a coherent,

logical order

and includes

repetition by

way of

synonyms and

other effective

substitutions.

Paragraph fails to

provide a coherent,

logical order that

includes repetition

by way of synonyms

and other effective

substitutions.

The paragraph

follows no

coherent or logical

order and fails to

use techniques of

substitution.

20 points15 points10 points0 points

Paragraph uses

more than 4

sentences with

compound

clauses in the

body and

conclusion.

Paragraph uses

3 sentences

with compound

clauses in the

body and

conclusion

Paragraph uses 2

sentences with

compound clauses

in the body and

conclusion

Paragraph does not

offer sentences

with compound

clauses in the body

and conclusion

Sentence

Structure

Topic Sentence

(10 points)

Coherence (30

points)

Body

Sentences (10

points)

15 points10 points5 points0 points

Excellent: strong

clear and

engaging

Good: strong

and clear

Weak: The

conclusion is

ineffective

The sentence offers

no conclusion

15 points10 points5 points0 points

Student makes

no grammatical

or spelling

errors.

Student makes

1 grammatical

or spelling

error.

Student makes 2

grammatical or

spelling errors.

Student makes

more than 2

grammatical or

spelling errors.

Concluding

Sentence

Grammar and

Mechanics

 
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