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The purpose of this assignment is to provide information you would like me to know about you as a person and as a student. Your essay will also give me an example of your writing, including a reasonable picture of how clearly, correctly, concisely, and creatively you communicate in writing.
Write, type, or word process the essay in blue or black ink, using only one side of each sheet of paper.
Either lined or unlined paper is fine.
Please remember that:
• I am your audience for the essay; • inappropriate language is not acceptable in English class; • good form requires an inch margin on all sides of each sheet; • if your essay is longer than a single page, subsequent pages should be numbered at the top right corner; • except as we discussed in class, it is seldom appropriate to use abbreviations; and • if this assignment is turned in on time and is acceptable, it is worth twenty points and will start you out immediately with a one hundred percent score in my grade book.
Friendly essay format is provided below as a guide, with some ideas for what to write about:
September 4, 2007
[The essay should have one or more paragraphs about you. You might include information about your family, your activities, your interests and hobbies, your talents, your job or jobs, how you spent your summer, your favorite book, movie, or band, or other information that identifies or introduces you.] [Please describe yourself as an English student. What would you like me to know about your learning style or preferences, your academic ability and achievement, how you learn best, or your concerns or frustrations with English?] [Include a description of two or three goals you hope to accomplish in this class and why you would like to accomplish these goals. Be sure that the goals you set will make a real difference to you, are observable or measurable, and are realistic.]