|SUPERLATIVE ESSAY – 1
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A SUPERLATIVE is the highest degree of an adjective. An adjective describes a noun. In this assignment, the superlative describes the behaviors or attitudes of a person (excluding physical and mental handicaps). For example, a person could be:
mean active weird kind
meaner more active weirder kinder
meanest most active weirdest kindest
1. Write down a list of five superlatives that describe a person’s behavior or attitude.
2. Choose three of the superlatives and write a connotation for each. A connotation is your own
definition of a word, not one from a dictionary.
3. From the three superlatives with connotations, choose two. Think of a person who would fit the
connotation of each superlative – one person for each superlative. To avoid nastiness, make up
names for each person!
a. Follow this formula and write in each person’s fictitious name and the apt superlative.
(Person’s name) is the (superlative) person I know.
b. For example: Ralf is the nastiest person I know.
Mabelle is the most annoying person I know.
Whoa! You have just written what could be two topic sentences for a multiparagrah paper.
ASSIGNMENT: Write an essay of at least five paragraphs in which you apply a superlative to a person you are familiar with and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the person fits the superlative. Use at least three major ways that prove the person is what you say he/she is and use specific examples of the person’s behaviors/attitudes as evidence. The easiest way is to deal with places or ways the person exhibits his/her superlative behavior/attitude. Again, do not use the person’s real name. For clarity, provide the connotation of the superlative in the introductory paragraph.
SUGGESTED SET-UP: Above all, follow the accepted essay writing formula.
A. Paragraph 1 – Introductory Paragraph
1. State the topic in the introductory sentence: (Person’s name) is the (superlative) person I know.
2. Clarify what the superlative will mean in the rest of the essay by giving the connotation of the
3. Introduce the three subtopics – these could be three places that the person fits his/her
superlative, like at school, at home, on the football field, at work, at the skate park . . . or
ways like Ralf shows his nasty behavior in how he talks to girls.
B. Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 – Body Paragraphs – each body paragraph develops a separate subtopic and
gives examples of the person’s behavior to prove he/she is what you say he/she is.
1. Introductory sentences – work to present the superlative and the way or place that will be
dealt with. For example: Ralf badmouths girls and hurts them deeply.
2. Body Sentences – Give examples of what the topic sentence says.
3. Concluding sentences – echo what was said in the introductory sentence; tie together what was said.
C. Paragraph 5 – Concluding Paragraph – acts to sum up what was said in the whole paper and let the
reader know that you are finished – give the reader something to remember.
1. The easiest way to do this is to rewrite the introductory paragraph.
2. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INTRODUCE NEW MATERIAL IN THE CONCLUSION.
PROOFREAD AND EDIT:
1. Does the introductory paragraph act as a clear outline for what’s said in the rest of the essay.
2. Does each body paragraph have an introduction, body, and conclusion?
3. Have you clearly and completely proven that the person is what you say he/she is?
4. How about spelling, punctuation, grammar??
SAMPLE SUPERLATIVE ESSAY
Use the following essay as a model. Check out the standard writing format. Keep in mind that it’s not what you say, but how you say it that makes the difference.
Ralf is the nastiest person I know. He is nasty because he enjoys hurting others and because he is obnoxious and disruptive in his behavior. As a seventeen-year old high school student, Ralf’s nastiness may be observed in his classes, in the school halls, and at his job.
In his classes, Ralf is very nasty. He constantly makes vulgar noises and talks when he should be quiet. He puts students down, particularly those who work hard at their schoolwork. Because he like to poke pencils into people’s backs, no one will sit in front of him. Not only does he enjoy mentally and physically abusing students, he also makes negative comments about teachers and assignments out loud. This causes the teachers to waste time and energy disciplining him. Ralf’s nasty classroom behavior disrupts teaching and learning which could benefit students.
Ralf does a great job of continuing his nasty behavior while in the halls of the school. There he plays the role of a bully particularly with freshmen. Everyday Ralf can be seen pushing, hitting, or tripping someone. Earlier this year, he was suspended from school for terrifying freshmen boys by threatening to beat them up if they didn’t give him their lunch money or food. As in the classrooms, Ralf puts others down but is much more abusive with his language in the halls. Because of his nasty behavior in the halls, it’s uncomfortable to be near Ralf, so people avoid him like a social disease.
At his job at a veterinary clinic, Ralf is sneaky with his nasty behavior so he won’t get caught and lose his employment. He is paid to clean the cages and runs used by small animals, bathe dogs and cats, and feed them. When he walks by cat cages, he snarls and hisses. He moves cats from one cage to the next by their tails. Dogs who are bathed usually end up with a hose in the nose and soap in the eyes, which causes them to paws their faces for hours. He brags that when he cleans the dog runs he doesn’t move the dogs but slams them against the walls with the power hose. Ralf’s nasty behavior at his job certainly illustrates that he likes to abuse not just people.
Ralf enjoys hurting others mentally and physically and thrives on being obnoxious and disruptive. The power of his nasty behavior affects who and what he comes in contact with. I do not know a nastier person then Ralf.