Week Two Welcome

Principles of Composition

It was a pleasure meeting you in Week 1! I know we will have a great term together! In Week 1, you wrote your first two paragraphs and worked on topic sentences and supporting details. In Week 2, you will write a three paragraph descriptive essay. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about your career while practicing your writing skills. This should make for an excellent week!

Before You Begin

If you haven't yet done so, please make a point to read the South University Policies and Guidelines and indicate that you have read and responded to all material on the course home page.

Discussion Board

From your course textbook, Ticket to Write, read "Mick, Mom, and Me" by Mary Beth Anderson on page 113. After reading and reflecting on the article, respond to the following prompt and questions.

In her essay, Anderson writes about attending a rock concert with her mother, and she uses colorful adjectives, vivid verbs, and sensory images (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) to describe her experience.

Choose some descriptive details from the essay that demonstrate how the writer is attempting to “paint a picture with her words.” Look for adjectives, verbs, and sensory images as examples to share with your classmates. Is the essay effective? If you were revising the essay, what would you consider changing?

Writing Assignment Overview

Prepare for the Writing Assignment

This week’s writing assignment is to compose a descriptive essay of 3 or more paragraphs and post it to the discussion area for reviews by two of your peers. You want to choose one of the topics listed in the project description. Please do not post an attachment of your two paragraphs.

It is important that you take the time to prewrite before drafting the paper. Make sure to also read my first discussion board post for guidance.

We will also work with peer reviews this week. Peer reviews are a wonderful opportunity to engage in a dialogue about your writing with your classmates. Let’s keep in mind that we should remain both polite and helpful throughout the peer review experience.

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.