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ENG 115
ASSIGNMENT 1: PERSONAL ESSAY DRAFT
Due Week 3 and worth 80 points
You have a wealth of experiences, knowledge, and opinions that make you who you are. For your first assignment, you will share
your opinions, experiences, and stories to write a personal essay.
What is a personal essay? It’s one of many types of formal essays. All formal essays maintain the same basic structure: Introduction
with a thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, and conclusion. The personal essay is a narrative in which the author writes about
an experience that was highly meaningful (usually a lesson was learned). For this assignment, choose a topic and discuss three
reasons why the topic is important to you. The topic choices are presented in your WebText. To make this a personal essay, it’s
important to include one or more stories from your life that demonstrate why your selected topic is meaningful to you.
Important note: Personal Essays DO NOT incorporate any type of research from the WebText or outside sources. If you have written
a Personal Essay in a previous course, please reach out to your professor to see if you can re-use it. You are not permitted to use ANY
paper from an unrelated current or past course.
INSTRUCTIONS:
You are required to use your WebText to draft your essay in the templates!
Compose a two (2) page paper in which you do the following:
A. Structure Your Paper: Story, Introduction, Supporting/Body, Conclusion
1. Incorporate a story from your life into one or more of the following sections: introduction, supporting/body
B.
paragraph(s), or conclusion.
a. Is your personal story relevant to your topic?
b. Is your personal story structured effectively, with a clear progression of events?
c. Is your language descriptive and precise?
d. Do you include an appropriate level of detail in your story – just enough to help the reader understand
your main points?
2. Write an introduction paragraph, which includes your thesis statement. It is suggested that this paragraph contain
5-7 sentences.
a. Does your introduction include an attention grabber or hook, and/or some background information on
the topic?
b. If you are using a personal story in your introduction, is it relevant to your topic?
c. Does your thesis statement include three distinct and personal reasons why the topic is meaningful to
you?
d. Is your thesis statement clear and concise?
e. Does your introduction provide a preview of the rest of your essay?
3. Write a supporting/body paragraph for each of the three (3) points/reasons from your thesis statement. It is
suggested that each paragraph contain 5-7 sentences.
a. Do your body paragraphs support each point of your thesis with relevant examples, observations, or
experiences?
b. If you are using a personal story in a body paragraph, is it relevant to your topic?
4. Write a conclusion paragraph. It is suggested that this paragraph contain 5-7 sentences?
a. Did you paraphrase or restate the thesis in a new way?
b. If you are using a personal story in your conclusion, is it relevant to your topic?
c. Did you leave a lasting impression, so that your readers continue thinking about your topic after they have
finished reading?
Use Effective Writing Elements: Point of View, Logic/Transitions, Grammar/SWS
1. Use first person point of view (POV) and the appropriate voice and tone throughout your paper.
2.
3.
a. Did you use first person pronouns? (I, we, me, us, my/mine, our/ours)
b. Does your personality carry over in your writing? Are your word choices personal and consistent?
c. Is the tone casual/informal? Does it express your attitude about the topic?
Write with logic and with transitions throughout your paper.
a. Are your ideas consistent and well-organized, i.e., chronological order or order of importance?
b. Have you used appropriate transition words and phrases so that your ideas flow from one sentence to the
next and one paragraph to the next, in the order presented in your thesis statement?
Apply proper grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and SWS formatting throughout your paper.
a. Did you check your grammar?
i.
The way words are put together to make units of meaning: Sentence structure, pronounagreement, etc.
b. Did you check your essay for mechanics?
i.
All the “technical” stuff in writing: Spelling, capitalization, use of numbers and other symbols,
etc?
c. Did you check the punctuation?
i.
The “symbols” used to help people read/process sentences the way you want them to be heard
and understood: Periods, question marks, commas, colons, etc.
d. Did you format according to SWS style? (See requirements below.)
SWS FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS:
Your assignment must follow these general SWS formatting requirements:



Be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. It should also have
numbered pages and indented paragraphs.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and
the date. Note: The cover page is not included in the required assignment page length.
Refer to the Soomo WebText or check with your professor for any additional instructions.
POINTS: 80
ASSIGNMENT 1.1: PERSONAL ESSAY DRAFT
Criteria
Unacceptable
Below 60% F
Meets Minimum
Expectations
60-69% D
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
1. Personal
Story
Weight: 15%
Personal story
missing or
incomplete. There
are questions about
the relevance of the
story and how it
connects to the main
idea of the essay.
Includes an incomplete
personal story in the
introduction,
supporting/body
paragraphs, and/or
conclusion. Story has
major structure and/or
language issues that
influence the way the
audience understands
the story. There are
concerns about the
level of details and how
the story supports the
main points.
Includes a personal
story in the
introduction,
supporting/body
paragraphs, and/or
conclusion. Story has
minor structure and/or
language issues that
influence the way the
audience understands
the story. There are
some concerns about
the level of details and
how the story supports
the main points.
Includes a personal
story in the
introduction,
supporting/body
paragraphs, and/or
conclusion. Story is
generally well
structured and
language is descriptive
and mostly precise.
There are some minor
concerns about the
level of details and
how the story supports
the main points.
Includes a personal
story in the
introduction,
supporting/body
paragraphs, and/or
conclusion. Story is
effectively structured
and language is
descriptive and
precise. Appropriate
level of details
supports the main
points.
2.
Introduction
and Thesis
Introduction does not
include a hook
and/or background
information on the
topic. Thesis
statement does not
include 3 personal
reasons why the
topic is meaningful, it
is not clear, and/or it
is wordy. It does not
give a preview of the
rest of the essay.
Introduction attempts
to hook and/or to
provide background
information on the
topic. Thesis statement
includes 3 reasons why
the topic is meaningful
but they are all general
rather than personal, it
is not entirely clear;
and/or it is wordy. It
barely previews the
rest of the essay.
Introduction includes a
sufficient hook and/or
background
information on the
topic. Thesis statement
includes 3 reasons why
the topic is meaningful
but 1-2 are general
rather than personal, it
is clear, and/or concise.
It somewhat previews
the rest of the essay.
Introduction includes
an effective hook
and/or mostly relevant
background
information on the
topic. Thesis statement
includes 3 personal
reasons why the topic
is meaningful, and is
sufficiently clear and
concise. It gives an
adequate preview of
the rest of the essay.
Introduction
includes a
compelling hook
and/or relevant
background
information on the
topic. Thesis
statement includes
3 personal reasons
why the topic is
meaningful, and is
completely clear
and concise. It gives
a completely
effectual preview of
the rest of the
essay.
Weight: 15%
3. Supporting
Paragraphs
Weight: 15%
Did not write or
incompletely wrote
supporting
paragraphs for each
point from the thesis
statement. No
examples are
provided to support
each point of the
thesis.
Insufficiently wrote
supporting paragraphs
for each point from the
thesis statement.
Examples are not
relevant and do not
support the thesis.
Partially wrote
supporting paragraphs
for each point from the
thesis statement.
Relevant examples are
somewhat provided to
support each point of
the thesis.
Satisfactorily wrote
supporting paragraphs
for each point from the
thesis statement.
Relevant examples are
mostly supportive of
each point of the
thesis.
Clearly wrote
supporting
paragraphs for each
point from the
thesis statement.
Relevant examples
fully support each
point of the thesis.
4. Conclusion
Weight: 15%
Conclusion does not
paraphrase or
rephrase the thesis in
a new way. It does
not leave a lasting
impression.
Conclusion attempts to
paraphrase or rephrase
the thesis in a new way.
It attempts to leave a
lasting impression.
Conclusion paraphrases
or rephrases some of
the thesis in a new
way. It sufficiently left a
lasting impression.
Conclusion adequately
paraphrases or
rephrases the thesis in
a new way. It was
somewhat effective in
leaving a lasting
impression.
Conclusion
effectually
paraphrases or
rephrases the thesis
in a new way. It left
a powerful lasting
impression.
5. Point of
View (POV),
Voice, and
Tone
Weight: 10%
Did not use first
person POV at all in
the paper. Voice is
inconsistent and lacks
personality or
identity throughout
the paper. Tone is
not informal and
attitude is
unrecognizable
throughout the
paper.
Uses first person POV in
a couple sentences of
the paper. Voice may
be inconsistent and
lacks personality or
identity throughout
most of the paper.
Tone is mostly formal
and attitude is mostly
unrecognizable
throughout most of the
paper.
Uses first person POV
throughout some of
the paper. Voice is
somewhat consistent
and personality or
identity is somewhat
evident throughout the
paper. Tone is fairly
informal and attitude is
somewhat recognizable
throughout most of the
paper.
Uses first person POV
throughout most of
the paper. Voice is
mostly consistent and
personality or identity
is evident throughout
most of the paper.
Tone is adequately
informal and attitude
is recognizable
throughout the paper.
Uses first person
POV throughout the
paper. Voice is
consistent and
personality or
identity is evident
throughout the
paper. Tone is
completely informal
and attitude is
easily recognizable
throughout the
paper.
6. Transitions
and Logic
Weight: 15%
Ideas are inconsistent
and/or are not
presented in a logical
order. Transition
words are not used
effectively to move
from one idea,
paragraph, and/or
sentence to the next
throughout the
paper. Body
paragraphs are not in
the order presented
in the thesis
statement.
Ideas may not be
consistent and/or are
inadequately presented
in a logical order.
Transition words are
used ineffectively to
move from one idea,
paragraph, and/or
sentence to the next
throughout most of the
paper. Body paragraphs
may not be in the order
presented in the thesis
statement.
Ideas are fairly
consistent and/or are
partially presented in a
logical order. Transition
words are used
somewhat effectively
to move from one idea,
paragraph, and/or
sentence to the next
throughout some of
the paper. Body
paragraphs are partially
in the order presented
in the thesis statement.
Ideas are mostly
consistent and/or are
presented in a logical
order. Transition
words are used
adequately to move
from idea, paragraph,
and/or sentence to the
next throughout most
of the paper. Body
paragraphs are mostly
in the order presented
in thesis statement.
Ideas are
completely
consistent and/or
are clearly
presented in a
logical order.
Transition words
are used effectively
to move from idea,
paragraph, and/or
sentence to the
next throughout the
paper. Body
paragraphs are in
the order presented
in thesis statement.
7. Grammar,
Mechanics,
Punctuation,
and SWS
Formatting
Weight: 15%
There are more than
8 mechanics,
grammar, and
punctuation errors.
The paper is not
double-spaced; font
is incorrect; margins
are not one-inch on
all sides, and, there
may not be a cover
page. It does not
have page numbers,
and indented
paragraphs.
There are 7-8
mechanics, grammar,
and punctuation errors.
The paper is doublespaced; font is correct;
margins are one-inches
on any sides, and, there
is a cover page. It only
includes 1 of the
following
elements: page
numbers and indented
paragraphs.
There are 5-6
mechanics, grammar,
and punctuation errors.
The paper is doublespaced; font is correct;
margins are one-inches
on any sides, and, there
is a cover page. It
includes both of the
following elements:
page numbers and
indented paragraphs.
There are 3-4
mechanics, grammar,
and punctuation
errors. The paper is
double-spaced; font is
correct; margins are
one-inches on any
sides, and, there is a
cover page. It includes
both of the following
elements: page
numbers and indented
paragraphs.
There are 0-2
mechanics,
grammar, and
punctuation errors.
The paper is
double-spaced; font
is correct; margins
are one-inches on
any sides; and,
there is a cover
page. It includes
both of the
following elements:
page numbers and
indented
paragraphs.

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