1. Apply the elements of good paragraphs to write a one-paragraph response of at least 250 words. You may write more but limit yourself to one paragraph.
2. Edit your work so that your paragraph has a clear topic sentence, adequate development, coherence, and unity.
3. Proofread your work to eliminate run-ons, fragments, comma usage errors, and silly proofreading errors.
4. Use the grading criteria you’ll find below to guide you before turning your final draft into Moodle.
Read each prompt carefully and be sure you understand what it is asking of you, and then choose one to respond to:
A. Describe your favorite Oregon camping, walking, or fishing area and why it is special to you.
B. Describe a collection you or someone you know has and why it is special. C. Describe a time when you needed encouragement and got it.
D. Describe how you once made a difficult decision and how it turned out.
1. _______ Did you write one paragraph of at least 250 or more words? Please limit your response to one paragraph.
2. _______ Did you write about one of the prompts found above? If the paper does not respond to one of the prompts
above the most it can earn is 50%.
3. _______ Was your paper mostly free of proofreading errors (silly spelling/capitalization errors, funny spacing, missing
words, wrong words, or confusing/awkward wording---things that reading aloud would catch)? 4. Did your paper have these essential paragraph elements:
A. __ a clear and accurate topic sentence or focus that states the controlling idea for the paragraph
B. __ adequate development (plenty of details that develop the topic sentence or focus) C. __unity, where all your details support your topic sentence
D. __ coherence, where your ideas are well organized and easy to follow and understand E. __a satisfying end, where you tied up your ideas and explained why what you wrote matters?
5. ______ Did you follow the formatting criteria for college papers? (Heading, Title, Indenting, Double Spacing)
6. ______ Did you avoid sentence fragments? (Does each sentence express a clear and complete thought?)
7. _______ Did you avoid run-ons: fused sentences and comma splices? 8. _______ Did you use commas correctly
A. _____ when joining only two words or phrases (S cc S, V cc V, N cc N), B. _____ with a list of three or more (1, 2, cc 3) or (1 cc 2 cc 3),
C. _____ with introductory prepositional phrases,
D. _____ when joining two independent clauses (IC, cc IC), and
E. _____ when joining a dependent clause to an independent clause (DC, IC or IC DC)?
9. _______ Did you use commonly confused words correctly such as there, their, they’re, too, to, it’s, its?