4.2 COURSE PROJECT: PREP FOR DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY – PLANNING, WRITING, EDITING INTRODUCTION AND ALIGNMENT See Unit 4 Introduction. Upon completion of this assignment you should be able to: Convey a clear purpose for your description Apply descriptive literary techniques in personal writing Select an appropriate focus and relevant details for effective description Provide a logical ordering of details Utilize precise, vivid language as applied from lesson readings Demonstrate effective sentences that vary in beginnings, length, and structure and apply techniques from the lessons Use active voice when appropriate to providing energy and interest for the reader Present a strong understanding of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and paragraphing RESOURCES Textbook: The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook Textbook: The Contemporary Reader Media Link: “What is a Descriptive Essay” www.slideshare.net/Rebaenrose/thedescriptive-essay 3.1a PDF: “Active vs. Passive Voice Media Link: “Descriptive Writing Techniques” http://www.speakwrite.net/Descriptive_writing_techniques.htm Media Link: “What is Onomatopoeia?” www.examples-of-onomatopoeia.com/ 3.1b PowerPoint: Imagery 4.1a Word: Descriptive Essay Requirements and Grading Rubric Notes from Units 1-3 BACKGROUND INFORMATION Now that you have reviewed the requirements and rubric, please begin the planning and writing process on Day 1. You should expect to spend between 6-7 hours creating this piece for its initial presentation to your peer reviewers, so the bottom line is this: Do not procrastinate! INSTRUCTIONS 1. Use all notes and reference sheets as you begin the brainstorming process. 2. You may use any of the Resources from Unit 3 as needed. 3. Refer to the grading rubric as you write to ensure you address all rubric components. 4. Complete a rough draft for presentation by Day 4 of the unit.
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