Discuss an event (something that happened to you) that had an effect on the person you are today. What was the event, why did it happen and how did it impact/change you? What did you learn from this experience? Please be detailed in your discussion and try to reach the 500-word requirement. You may go over 500 words. Remember that in writing a narrative the more you personalize it the more powerful it reads so use the pronoun I.
Composition Exercise Directions
I’ll score your composition exercise on a 4-point scale with a point for format, a point for content, a point for focus and a point for clarity.
For your two composition exercises please write:
1. (format) a 500-word composition. Use Courier New, 12-point font and double space and MLA style.
2. (content) Your composition needs a main idea and specific details that support your response to the topic. Support comes from examples from your life, stories or what you’ve read and researched.
3. (focus) Stay focused on the topic. Everything you write should have a connection to the topic and your ideas.
4. (clarity) When you proofread check for common errors like fragments, run-on’s, commonly confused words, tense shift, subject-verb disagreement, spelling, etc. Try to adhere to the KISS Principle. This means keep your sentences short and simple and divide your composition into short, easy to read paragraphs. For a 500-word composition you should have between six and eight paragraphs.
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