2. ESSAY #2 (ARGUMENTIVE ESSAY) should be in "MLA" format with a reference page (minimum of 2 references) and a works cited page at the end of the essay.

3. Topics for essay #1 (Descriptive essay) are below.  Choose one from the following topics:

    a.  a favorite item of clothing

    b.  school as a young child would see it

    c.  a parade of victory celebration

    d.  a "media event"

    e.  an elderly person

    f.  a TV, film, or music celebrity

    g.  a once in a lifetime event

    h.  an essential gadget or a useless gadget

4.  Topics for essay #2 (Argumentive essay) are below, please choose from the list:

    a.  Giving birth control devices to children

    b.  prayer in schools

    c.  the drinking age

    d.  pornography on the internet

    e.  legalizing marijuana

    f.   political parties

    g.  putting elderly parents in nursing homes

    h.  the homeless


**ESSAY 1**

Descriptive Essay

Write a 500-750 word essay using description as the chief method of development. Follow the guidelines for formatting as described in Notes on Writing a Descriptive Essay.

Writing Assignment

Purpose: to inform

Method of Development: description

For a topic for description, see the list at the end of Chapter 3, Description, in The Longman Reader. Choose one, or notify me through Messages if you have a topic of your own that you would prefer to use.  Be sure that you are writing a descriptive essay, not a narrative.


  1. Brainstorm for topics.
  2. Accumulate as many details as you can about your topic, and then sift through them, discarding those that are irrelevant, weak, or unrelated to the impression you would like to convey.
  3. Organize your ideas.
  4. Use vivid language and varied sentence structure.

Writing Approach

As your text points out, “ Description can be a supportive technique that develops part of an essay, or it can be the dominant technique used throughout an essay”� (72). In this essay assignment, description will be the dominant technique used to develop a distinct impression of your topic. Remember that description must appeal to the senses: taste, touch sound, sight, smell. While you need not appeal to every sense in your essay, be sure to give the reader enough description so that he/she can be a part of your topic’s development. You may certainly use figurative language in your descriptions – simile, metaphor, personification, etc. In any case, be aware of your audience (your classmates) and your tone. Your choice of words may greatly influence your reader’s impression of your topic. Be careful to present your topic as you would like it to be interpreted.


**ESSAY 2**

Argumentation Essay

Write a 500-750 word argumentation/persuasion essay using any approach as a method of development.

An effective argumentative essay must have evidence to make its case; most arguments that occur in daily life happen in the heat of the moment and are more likely directed toward saving one's own pride than toward giving clear and supportive proof to one's claims.

Writing Approach

Knowing how to brainstorm is going to save you from writing a weak essay.  Also, knowing how to support your claims with evidence from outside sources will further strengthen your essay.  For that reason, this assignment requires the use of two references (no internet sources).  In addition, you will add a Works Cited page at the end of your essay.  Finally, your Works Cited page will be in Modern Language Association (MLA) format so that all information provided will be easy for your reader to find.

  • Study Chapter 14, "Acknowledging Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism," in The St. Martin's Handbook to see how to cite the sources you use in your paper.
  • Study Chapter 16, "MLA Style," in The St. Martin's Handbook for more information on finding and using references in your essays in MLA format.
  • Go to Writing Research Papers and Citing Sources at the Purdue OWL website for more on MLA, to include sample papers.

Writing Assignment

Purpose: to persuade

Method of Development: your choice

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/12/2014 06:00 am
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