JEFFERSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE English 101 D. Papin Assignment #1: Required Summer Diagnostic Reading/Writing: The purpose of this diagnostic writing assignment is to help me determine if you have been correctly placed in English 101 as well as to ascertain your strengths/weaknesses as a writer. This is a required writing assignment and will count as a grade. Please read the assigned article carefully, and write your best essay in response to the question(s) posed. This essay must be written and submitted via email prior to August 31,2007 A hard copy of the essay and a completed outline should be submitted on the first day of class in September Essay must be at least 5 or more paragraphs (approx. 500-750 words) Write on only 1 side of the paper Word-process in 12 pt. Times Roman font; double space throughout Directions: Read: “Who Needs College?” by Linda Lee on pages 48-50 of Perspectives on Contemporary Issues. (Handout with article is attached). As a high school senior taking a college course, you may have pondered some of the questions raised in Lee’s essay. Is America “obsessed with college” (49)? Should everyone seek a college degree immediately after high school-or at all? Is it possible to be successful in America without a college degree? Why is the college dropout rate so high? Use all the skills you have honed in previous classes to address the topic of college in a well-developed essay. Make sure that your essay has an introduction that introduces the subject matter, the main points of the discussion, and a thesis statement. You must take a stand in your thesis (that is, a position on something) and support that stance in the body of the essay with evidence. Evidence comes in the form of statistical data, textual reference, illustrations, and examples. The body paragraphs of your essay should be well developed and organized clearly. In order for your essay to be clear to your reader, you must use transitional words, phrases, and sentences within the paragraph and to change thoughts and begin another paragraph. Transitional phrases show how thoughts are connected to support your stance or position (thesis). The conclusion should sum up the main points that you discussed in the essay. Be sure to organize your ideas. You should develop an outline in order to do this. If you attempt to answer the questions that I pose without organizing, your essay will not make logical sense. A 5-paragraph outline form is attached; you may use it or you may write an outline on your own paper, following the correct format. You’re being asked to critique and analyze. That means that you must think reflectively on the topic of college and attempt to answer the “why” and “how.” Not only must you attempt to answer the “how” and the “why” intelligibly, but you must be able to explain your position effectively and in a clear manner. Reference Lee’s essay as much as possible, but do not over quote specific material. As you reference the text and paraphrase or quote material that supports your position or that you want to refute, use parenthetical citations. Be clear, coherent, and logical –and write your best essay ever! Grading Criteria: Thesis statement Unified paragraphs that support thesis Transitions Development of logical, sufficient support Organization Conclusion Grammar Sentence Structure Two checklists have been attached. You may wish to use these as a guide to revising and editing your essay. All English 101 students will complete a diagnostic essay. If you fail to complete the diagnostic essay, you will not be admitted into English 101. Warning: Do not attempt to write this essay without first having read the assigned reading! Do the work entirely on your own. Any evidence of plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification from English 101.
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