Essay in Paragraphs

  • Assignment 3

    In this assignment you will have to submit Essay 1. When you are ready to submit Essay 1, click Assignment 3: Essay 1 (yes, above this sentence). Then choose BROWSE MY COMPUTER and attach Essay 1.Make sure you write in complete sentences. No spelling mistakes. Five or more spelling mistakes will result on an F for this and any of your assignments. Use a dictionary.Do not use statistics or the Internet for this paper. Write the paper from your own experience. Do not use the word “you” in this paper. Refer to a person as he or she or use his first name, and refer to people as they. A point will be deducted from your paper if, or each time, you use the word you. Why? Because I need to see that you are using third-person pronouns (he or she) correctly. You may use the word I.But you must read everything first.

  • Assignment 3

    Paper 1You must read all of the directions, first, in order to understand how to write this paper. In this paper you will be giving advice to a person who has a problem (He/She says…I say). Your choice of problems — the topic — are below.You will invent the person, anyone, who has the problem. You will just make up a name. I have a friend named John.You will write a total of five paragraphs, and each paragraph will be a 1/2 page.The entire paper will be 2 1/2 pages. Too short a paper will receive a lower grade. A longer paper will not necessarily get a higher grade. What matters is quality and that you write 2 1/2 pages, double spaced.Again, for this paper you will write a total of five paragraphs. You will find the exact choices/topics you will write on farther below, but for now, as an example, suppose you are writing about how to convince someone, John, to go to college (your advice is to help him with his excuses for why he cannot go to college):Para. 1 – In this paragraph you will begin with an introduction that will say who the person is and describe what a good person he or she is in the majority of the paragraph (around 3/4 of it). I have a good friend named John. He is a good person. He exercises every morning and tries to eat well. He is a member of his church and likes to take part infundraisers for his community. He has two kids… (and so on, for 3/4 of the paragraph).Your paper, no matter the topic, will begin that way. Then, in that same paragraph, make a transition with the words: In spite of these qualities. In spite of these qualities, John says he cannot go to college. Next list, as your thesis points, in three separate sentences, his three excuses. John says he doesn’t have the confidence and never did well in school before. John also says he doesn’t have the discipline for college and it is just too hard. Finally, John says college is too expensive. (Do not use bold). Now, thelast line of the paragraph will say only, I have some advice for him.(Note: to avoid the monotony of sentences in your introduction — such as, John plays in a church band. John runs track. John earns good grades. John helps his grandmother — use phrases such as: One thing John loves is… When he is in church, he likes to… I have seen him help… During the daytime, he…. At night, he… Also, after we got to be better friends, I discovered that John… Most of all, however, John enjoys… Even though he is not a great guitarist, he loves to play…)Para 2 – In this paragraph start with a strong topic sentence that is the same as your first thesis point in paragraph 1. John says he doesn’t have the confidence and never did well in school before. Yes, you will state that sentence twice, once in the first paragraph and again here, in this paragraph. It is in fact repeated. The entire rest of the paragraph will be advice from you. You should have at least four pieces of advice that you develop, in detail, to help him to overcome the specific problem you mentioned in the topic sentence to start this paragraph. That means you will not just list four things for him to do, but that you will have four things and give detail to them. Your advice will help him to overcome his “confidence” problem.Para 3 – This paragraph is the same as paragraph two in organization, except you will start with a topic sentence that is the same as your second thesis statement, John also says he doesn’t have the discipline for college and it is just too hard, and of course your advice will be different — designed to address his “discipline problem.” Yes, you will state that sentence twice, once in the first paragraph and again here, in this paragraph. It is in fact repeated. Give four suggestions to him to overcome his issue, but make sure the suggestions are developed and thus longer than just four sentences. Remember each paragraph needs to be 1/2 a page.Para 4 – The organization of this paragraph is also the same as the form of paragraphs one and two. But in this paragraph you will start with a topic sentence that is the same as your third thesis statement, Finally, John says college is too expensive. Yes, you will state that sentence twice, once in the first paragraph and again here, in this paragraph. It is in fact repeated. Then give four suggestions for him to overcome his issue.Para 5 – In summary, you will begin by writing In summary, and then sum up the three pieces of advice you gave him in paragraphs 2, 3, and 4, in order. I told John to join a study group. Another thing I told him to do is… Finish by saying a few words about how much happier he will be if he follows your advice.Assignment: What will you write about? YOU MAY NOT WRITE ABOUT COLLEGE. For this assignment, you will encourage a person to take your point of view ON ONE OF THE TOPICS BELOW. >Assignment: Write a five-paragraph essay on one of the following to encourage (you may not write on how to encourage someone to go to college):

  • — a smoker to stop smoking (he or she gives excuses why he can’t quit, and you will give advice on how to overcome those excuses)– an unhealthy eater to stop eating junk food (he or she gives excuses why he can’t stop eating at McDonald’s, for example, and you will give advice on how to overcome those excuses)
  • –a non-religious person to go to church, synagogue, or any other religious place of worship (he or she gives excuses why he can’t go to church — too early, can’t relate to priest, hypocrites, etc — and you will give advice on how to overcome those excuses)
  • –a woman and her right to choose (she gives excuses why she wants to have an abortion and you will give advice on how to overcome those excuses; in this paper if you really want to, you may reverse the excuses — that her excuses are NOT to have an abortion, and you will advise her TO have a abortion, if you so choose, but that is a more difficult paper).
  • –a substance abuser to stop using alcohol or drugs (CHOOSE ONE DRUG: John says he cannot stop smoking marijuana because of peer pressure, nerves, and addiction, for example. You will give him advice to overcome three excuses).In all papers, regardless of if you are writing about a social issue, such as drug abuse or abortion and a woman’s right to choose, use a fake name of a person who has three arguments (or problems) with the issue.
  • Do not use “you” in this paper. That is because this paper is in part an exercise in the correct use of third-person pronouns (he or she, etc). Remember if you are talking to one person, refer to the person as he or she. If you are referring to more than one person, use the pronoun they. Do not use “you,” as in, You should seek help in the financial aid office, or, Dan, you should go to the financial aid office. Write, Dan can go to the financial aid office and get a FASFA form and fill it out. Also, he can… Use the pronoun he — He can get help at the College. Don’t direct him: Go to the College. See an advisor. Rather, Dan should also consider seeing an advisor. OK?Advice is a noun. Advise is a verb. My advice is for him to get up earlier… I advised him to use Nicorette gum… One piece of advice I gave to John is to…Healthy in an adjective. John does not eat healthy — is incorrect. John does not healthy food — is correct.In your body paragraphs, use transition words for clarity: first, second, moreover, however, also, besides, he should not forget to, he should also remember to, he tends to, seldom, usually, however, he should watch out for, etc.So that is the assignment. If you want more detail, please note the following:The entire paper is five paragraphs. But below we will look in more detail at how to write the body paragraphs (the middle three paragraphs), of which there will be a total of 3. Below is an example of those paragraphs — a sample. Please read it:(DO NOT WRITE ON THIS TOPIC) How to convince someone to stay in college at CVC.What would you tell him (or her)? How would you address three complaints he has? For example, he says the following to begin with:John says he doesn’t have the confidence and never did well in school before.What are four suggestions you would give him from your own experience? Remember that those suggestions must address his feeling that he is not confident about his ability.a. I didn’t have confidence, either, when I started college.b. He can join a study group.c. He can get help from a tutor.d. He can take fewer classes, which will give him more time to concentrate on the classes he does take. Next paragraph and another excuse: He doesn’t have the discipline and college is just too hard.Four suggestions:a. College is hard for most everyone.b.c.d.Now develop those four suggestions into a paragraph. The paragraph begins in the following way. John says he doesn’t have the discipline and college is just too hard. The first thing I would tell the student is that I lacked discipline when I first….B. Here is a more detailed example of how the body paragraphs (paras. 2,3,4) will be outlined: 2. John says he doesn’t have the confidence and never did well before.a. the student must understand that most entering students don’t have confidenceb. college is a place where professors help students to build confidence (say how, give examples)c. many other college students never “did well before”; this is the student’s chance to start again, and just think what will happen if the student does do well (give realistic and sky-is-the-limit examples)d. it is better to try than not to try—imagine the alternatives (give examples of grave, threatening consequences)3. John says he just doesn’t have the discipline and college is too hard.a. college is a place where discipline is often learned for the first timeb. we have patient professors, bright tutors, and experienced students to help the student learn concentrationc. available at CVC are many clubs, organizations, and athletic teams that also assist in building discipline (college is not only about the classroom)d. many, many successful people started out feeling the same way4. John says college is too expensive.a. college is expensive for most everyone who goes to college; imagine the cost of not having an education (again, some dark, grave, life-shattering examples will do great here)b. student aid and loansc. make sacrifices, such as no more clubs, clothes, or unlimited cell-phone plansd. compare CVC to expensive collegese. Those are the body paragraphs. How to write paragraphs one and five (the first and the last paragraphs) are above. Please write to me if you have questions.

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