Does the paper have a title? Is it interesting? A paper profiling Turkey Creek in Niceville should not be entitled Turkey Creek. This type of title is generic; make your title unique, effective, or even thought provoking. Additionally, Paper #3 clearly does little to arouse interest. Your title should be centered; it must not be put in quotation marks; it must not be underlined, and the first letter of each significant word should be capitalized.
2. Sentence structure errors can be your downfall. Avoid sentence fragments (SF), comma splices (CS), run-on sentences (RO), and fused sentences (FS). If you are not familiar with these so-called fatal errors, please read your handbook.
3. Errors relating to verb forms and subject-verb agreement can be status-marking errors. Nonstandard expressions such as I would of or I have went clearly fall may unknowingly reflect status. Agreement problems are also problematic. The dog and the cat was sleeping clearly does not sound right because it is not right. If you cannot rely upon your ear to detect this type of error, then please consult your handbook.
4. Misspellings and errors in apostrophe usage have become increasingly common. However, spell checkers and grammar programs can help you correct these mistakes. If you do not understand how to use an apostrophe or have trouble differentiating between its and it?s, then please consult your handbook. The dictionary remains the most helpful resource to improve spelling!
5. Do not use second person in formal writing. Avoid you, your, yours, you?re, and yourself. Be especially careful with imperative sentences, sentences that are commands, e.g., take, for example . . . Please use Word?s Find feature to eliminate second person in formal writing.
6. Please do not begin any sentence with the following: in today?s society, in today?s world, in the world we live in today, in our modern world, in conclusion, in the final analysis, or any other clich?d phrases that pop into your mind.
7. Please double space and use a font of Times New Roman 12 for all of your papers.
8. REVISION ABOVE ALL ELSE WILL IMPROVE YOUR WRITING THE MOST. Clearly, less can be more when it comes to effective writing. You do not have to write on a sixth grade level to succeed, but remember that if one word can do the work of three, then make the change. Avoid intensifiers like really, real, very, rather and quite in writing. For instance, write crucial instead of very important.
9. Proofread! I strongly encourage you to print out a copy of your paper?before you submit it to the drop box?and then go over it line by line and/or sentence by sentence to see if you spot errors or mistakes. Also, reading your paper from the end to the beginning?taking a different approach?might allow you to see mistakes that you wouldn?t ordinarily see. Using the grammar checker and the spell checker will obviously pay dividends for you as well.
10. You need to use at least one outside source in your paper, meaning you have to quote from at least one outside source in your paper. You could easily put together a list of interview questions for someone that you will be profiling so that would be a personal interview. You might also want to use LINCC Web?s databases, which you access through the LRC here at the college.
Because you are using secondary sources, students must also assemble a Work Cited page for the source or sources. (This page should be on a page by itself!) The quote must be put into quotation marks and must be introduced with a signal phrase?no dropped quotes?and should be followed with a parenthetical or in-text citation in your paper. If your paper lacks a quote, you will fail this assignment?failing means earning no more than fifty points.
11. Discussion Post #3 (20 PTS.)?Please be sure to submit your introduction with an underlined thesis statement to the discussion board by Your posting to the discussion board is worth 10 points, and you must comment?using complete sentences and no abbreviations or emoticons?on one other person?s post, which is worth 10 points. I prefer students to say whether or not the introduction/thesis statement they are posting about works as it should and whether or not they would want to read more of the essay based on the writer?s introduction/thesis statement. You do not have to comment on students? grammar issues or spelling errors.
12., all students must submit a rough draft of their profile to the Dropbox slot named Rough Draft #3. This rough draft is just that, a rough draft, but it needs to be at least 400 words long. This assignment isn?t optional?you must have something submitted before the deadline; otherwise, you will earn 0/25 points.
1. Profile what a computer gamer looks like. You cannot be the gamer you profile, but it should be someone who has some sort of name recognition to people who participate in the gaming community. This profile could apply to any type of game people play online.
2. Identify an event that takes place on your campus weekly, monthly, or every semester. Participate in or attend the event, interview other participants or attendees, and write a profile of it. Consider the main impression you want to convey about the event?remember that you need to find an interesting angle?and use engaging details and dialogue to convey that impression.
3. Identify a leader on your campus?someone in sports, in student government or publications, in extracurricular activities such as theater or debate or skateboarding, and so on. Interview the leader and those who surround her or him. Write a profile of this person, and include relevant quotations from your interviews to help readers gain a clear picture of the subject. (You could also use a job setting or a military unit here.)
4. Identify someone with an interesting career, job, or hobby that has played a significant role in his or her life. Interview that person and write a profile that demonstrates how that hobby or job has changed him or her. Use dialogue and engaging details to help reveal your subject?s character.
5. Profile a pet owner that you know. This person should be someone who goes above and beyond when it comes to the relationship he or she has with the pets he or she owns. What you ideally would like to do here is profile the ultimate cat owner, the ultimate dog owner, the ultimate horse owner, etc. You might enjoy reading Tim Kreider?s ?A Man and His Cat? pp. 957-963 in your textbook.
6. If the topics above are too specific, then think about the task of writing a profile more broadly. The book tells you that you can choose ?a person, place, an event? to write your profile on. ?Whatever you choose, make sure it?s something that arouses your curiosity and that you?re not too familiar with. Knowing your subject too well can blind you to interesting details? (Bullock, Goggin, and Weinberg 230).