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									Introduction to College Reading and Composition II (ENGL 060)

Essay #1 Assignment Sheet

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to write a short essay in
response to something you have read.

Rough Draft Due:

Final Draft Due:

Required Reading:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie pp. 1-53.
“The Color of Success” by Eric A. Watts


In “The Color of Success,” Eric A. Watts writes, in part, about the potential danger of
“identifying oneself as a victim” (187). According to Watts, what happens when people classify
themselves as victims? Think about Junior, the main character in The Absolutely True Diary of a
Part-Time Indian. Explain whether or not you think Junior considers himself to be a victim.

Format Requirements:

This essay should be four (4) well-developed paragraphs (1 ½ - 2 pages).

Follow the following format:

ENGL 060
Essay # 1

                   How to Format Your Essay (Make sure your essay has a title)

         When you write your essays, you must indent each paragraph and double-space the

lines. You should, of course, use a 12 pt. Times New Roman font and set your margins to one

inch. Don’t forget to staple the pages.

Reminder: If you are having difficulty with any stage of this assignment, please talk to me or go
to the Academic Support Center (Somerset S020). If you go to the Academic Support Center,
please bring a copy of this assignment and your notes.
Essay #1 Planning Sheet


Use this sheet to help you through the process of writing your essay.

Stage 1: Prewriting          Begin to explore the topic of your essay by freewriting,
                             brainstorming or anything else that will help you to generate
                             ideas about your topic.
Stage 2: Outlining           Write out an outline.

                             I.      Paragraph #1 Introduction

                                     Introduce the topic of the paper. Then, introduce Junior

                                     and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

                                     BRIEFLY describe whether or not you think Junior sees

                                     himself as a victim.

                             II.     Paragraph #2

                                     Describe the main idea of “The Color of Success” and

                                     explain the point that Watts makes about the problems

                                     associated with identifying oneself as a victim.

                             III.    Paragraph #3

                                     Describe Junior and whether or not he sees himself as a

                                     victim. Give examples from the book to support your


                             IV.     Paragraph #4 Conclusion

                                     Write a conclusion that summarizes the essay. Add your

                                     final thought.
Stage 3: Drafting                  Write a rough draft of your essay.
Stage 4: Revising & Editing        Read your essay and check to make sure it is clear. Do
                                   your ideas flow between each paragraph? Check over
                                   your sentence structure.

Stage 5: Writing the Final Draft   Write the final draft of your essay

Stage 6: Submitting your Essay     Remember to submit your essay with all of the supporting
                                      Pre-writing
                                      Outline
                                      Rough Draft
                                      Final Draft

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