To complete the following final paper, go to this week’s Final Essay link in the left navigation.
In Week Three, you wrote a personal essay draft in which you
- Described a person, place, or object that has special meaning in your life or a particular moment or occurrence in your life that had special meaning to you.
This week, you will complete this draft and turn in your final Personal Essay. Be sure to utilize one of the writing patterns described in Chapter 6. The Personal Essay must be at least 1000 words (excluding the title page). Review the Example Personal Essay handout.
Your essay must include
- A clear thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.
- Specific details about the person, place, object, or event so that readers can visualize the subject and/or feel present in the story (i.e., your essay should be specific and appeal to the five senses).
- A concluding paragraph.
As you are writing this essay, please pay attention to the areas that you struggled with in the Grammar Assessment and Practice Essay. Please also incorporate your instructor’s feedback on your journal assignments, your Week Three draft, and other activities completed throughout this course.
When submitting your Personal Essay, make sure to
- Proofread your work for errors in grammar, mechanics, and style.
- Check that the essay is at least 1000 words.
- Use the “APA Template” handout provided to format your essay.
- Include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Begin the essay with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
- Address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
- End with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
- Format the essay according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Save the document as a Microsoft Word or compatible .doc or .docx file.
- Use a naming convention that includes your last name, week number, and the assignment number (e.g., smith_w5_a1.doc).