Welcome to Week Four!

Principles of Composition

In Week 3, you revised your descriptive essay and worked through the final stages of the writing process: revision and editing. This week you will write a five-paragraph essay in the form of a narrative.

Discussion Board

From your course textbook, Ticket to Write, read the following short essays: “The Death of My Father” by Steve Martin, “Stepfather’s Day” by Rick Bragg, and “My Home is New Orleans” by Mike Miller.

Think about the following:

  • What is one significant message that you would like to point out from this essay? Explain why that one stood out for you.
  • How effective was this essay? What about the writing worked or didn’t work?
  • Point out the best sentence in the narrative and explain why you chose that one.

Be sure to draft your posts in MS WORD and save as you write. Then, run spell/grammar check and copy and paste into the DB area. This will ensure you post polished writing!

For some fun, check out Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new music video. This is a different side to Martin then what the essay reveals.

Writing Assignment Overview

Prepare for the Writing Assignment

This week’s writing assignment is to write a narrative essay of at least 500 words. The narrative essay is a story that makes a point. Choose ONE of the topics in the assignment and be sure to take the time to brainstorm. Make sure the essay is five paragraphs with an introduction, three body paragraphs (or more) and a conclusion. Work with your five senses to make the picture or memory come alive and help the reader visualize the events.

You will conduct your second peer review this week. Be sure to use the Peer Review Toolbox and provide great feedback to help your classmates.

Relaxation to Write

Sometimes it helps to relax and calm yourself before prewriting. Below is a beautiful nature video that may help with that.
Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

Let's make it a great week!

During our time together, I anticipate you asking questions when you need help. Please remember I am not a mind reader! Reach out and ask as many questions as you need. Email is fastest.

Let’s make it a great week!


Email: lteitler@southuniversity.edu