COM 0105 Writing Sentences and Paragraphs Writing Assignment 1: Narrative Paragraph General Instructions and Deadlines Assignment Overview • • The final draft of your paragraph, along with all supporting work (prewriting notes, outline, and first draft), is due via www. turnitin. com and the course digital dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p. m. ET. Please upload a single document containing all your work. Your paragraph should have between 250–350 words. Step 1: Prewriting A narrative paragraph tells a story.
Your first step is to decide what story you would like to tell. See pages 346–348 for possible topics. Once you have a topic, spend about 10 minutes to gather your thoughts about your topic. See pages 322–325 for tips on prewriting. Ask yourself, • What is the main point of the story? • What are the important details? Step 2: Planning Consider the material you gathered in your prewriting and create an outline for your paragraph. Organize your ideas chronologically. Below is a template you can use. See page 332–333 in your textbook for an example. Main idea/Topic sentence First event • Detail 1 • Detail 2 Second event • Detail 1 • Detail 2 Third event • Detail 1 • Detail 2 Check your outline for unity, support, and coherence by asking yourself, • Is my main idea or topic sentence clear? • Do my supporting points actually support the main idea?
Delete anything off-topic. • Do I have enough supporting points/examples? You should have at least three. • Are my supporting points organized in a logical order? Step 3: Drafting Using your outline, write the first draft. • “Flesh out” the ideas from your outline. Include transitional words and phrases to create a flow between sentences. Page 339 of your book provides a list of transitions for a narrative paragraph. • Compose a title for your work. Step 4: Polishing Ask yourself, • Are my sentences too long or too short? • Do I have enough sentence variety? • Are my words appropriate? • Do I have any major grammatical errors (such as fragments, comma splices, or run-on sentences)? • Do I have any spelling or mechanical errors? Running the spell-checker is not a substitute for proofreading your work carefully.