To begin the year, I would like to be able to learn about you while at the same time reviewing important writing skills and MLA format. In order to accomplish this goal, you will be writing an essay on which you are an expert—yourself. We will be going through all of the steps that will be involved in a typical essay throughout the year—researching, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising, and publishing. Writing is NEVER perfect the first time, so it is essential to go through these steps to produce a polished, final draft which will allow you to earn great grades!
Requirements: Researching: Though we can’t research ourselves in books/online, we are going to use research to learn what is required in terms of MLA format, etc. You completed this step by participating in the BHS Writing Guidebook Scavenger Hunt; remember to use this as a tool both for this essay and throughout the year!
Brainstorming: You are required to create and turn in a “30 Facts About Myself” list that will help you compile ideas and think about what you want to share/write!
Outlining: You will create a basic outline for your essay. We will review proper ways to outline in class.
Drafting: You will write a rough draft to be submitted for revision by a peer.
Revising: We will peer edit to ensure clarity, proper mechanics, and will self-edit as well.
Publishing: A typed, final draft in MLA format will be turned in for a 100 point test grade,
Due Dates: Research: ___________________________________________________________ (20 points)
Brainstorming: 30 facts list due __________________________________ (30 points)
Outline due on: ___________________________________________________ (50 points)
Draft 1 due ___________________________________________________ (50 points)
Peer editing in class on ___________________________________________ (20 points)
Final draft due: ____________________________________________________ (100 points)
Notes & Reminders:
Each body paragraph needs have at least 3 main points that are supported in detail!
Introduction and conclusion paragraphs should be at least 5 sentences each; thesis is last in intro!