In a reasonably coherent thesis-driven essay of between two-and-a-half to three typewritten, double-spaced pages, address one of the following prompts listed below: 1. Despite her many flaws, Jeanne Murray is able to affect Liz in many positive ways—from the girl’s determined resistance to drug use to her sense of being loved to her ultimate return to school. Imagine that Hyperion, the publisher of Breaking Night, is sponsoring a contest in honor of the book that honors the role of parents in ensuring children’s success. Think about an influential maternal or paternal figure in your life. In what ways has this person influenced who you are, the choices you have made, and your future goals? Prepare a two-and-a-half to three-page contest essay in which you illustrate specific ways in which this person has affected you. 2. By the end of chapter six of Breaking Night, Liz has made the brave yet foolhardy decision to leave Brick’s apartment and make a life for herself living on the streets with Sam. She is emboldened to do this in part because she has acquired a group of friends that act as a support system.
Sam, Fief, Bobby, and even Carlos add excitement and warmth to Liz’s life. Reflect on the friends that you consider to be your mainstays in life. Who are these people, and how have they impacted you to become a better person? Prepare a two-and-a-half to three-page essay in which you illustrate specific ways in which these people have affected you. 3. Consider the strong statements made by Peter, Liz’s father, about not caring what other people think of you ( pp. 20, 59, 62, and 189). Illustrate the ways in which you have found this maxim to be good advice in a two-and-a-half to three-page essay. Conversely, what are its limitations? In addressing this question, you might want to consider the role social opinion, or even shaming, plays in culture. 4. Throughout Breaking Night Liz is affected by the places she inhabits—from her parents’ University Avenue apartment to the chaotic and overcrowded public schools to St. Anne’s Residence, to name a few. One writer has noted that “where you are is who you are, but it doesn’t have to be that way.” While at this point in the narrative Liz’s environments have had a negative effect on her development, we want to focus in this essay on the positive effects of place in shaping our character.
Reflect of the places where you have lived, and in particular the spaces that you called your own. In a two-and-a-half to three-page essay, illustrate the ways in which these spaces reflected who you were at that moment, and the lasting impact they have had on you. This essay calls for integrated descriptive writing and exemplification. 5. At one point in her narrative Liz admits that she is able to pass end-of-the-year exams not because she is a diligent student, but because she is a strong reader. Think about the books that you loved as a child. Write an essay in which you reflect on the valuable life lessons these books contain and the ways in which they continue to speak to you as a young adult. Purpose of Assignment:
1) To develop the student’s ability to write essays.
Key terms to consider: pre-writing, thesis, introduction, topic sentence, body, conclusion, outlining, drafting, revision, transitions, and proofreading. 2) To develop the student’s ability to organize and write an essay in the illustration mode. Key terms to consider: relevance, adequacy, engagement, proof, evidence , unity, coherence. 3) To demonstrate the ability to write using correct grammar, word usage, and diction. Proofreading to correct run-on sentences, fragments, pronoun errors, and proper diction.
4) To demonstrate the ability to analyze an essay for prescribed elements. Analysis of model student essays.
5) To demonstrate the ability to use resources properly.
Using Rules for Writers for proofreading skills development. Using online grammar and writing websites for skills development. Using online tutorial service Smarthinking for editorial review of essay.
See the Written Communications Rubric breakdown for Content (25 points), Organization (25 points) , Conventions (25 points), and Language/Audience (25 points). Review “Accidental Humor” for student model of A paper.
With the exception of the prewriting, all process work must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font and are due as a hard copy on white printing paper at class meeting time on the date assigned.