06 Oct You will use the writing proce
You will use the writing process steps to develop a well-written descriptive paragraph. Keep in mind that the three characteristics of a good paragraph are unity, support, and coherence.
The paragraph should be 250 to 350 words long, using Times New Roman or Calibri font, size 12, double-spaced. Your paragraph should also include a heading, a title, and an indent.
The final draft of the paragraph, with all supporting work (reflection, prewriting notes, outline, and first draft), is due via the Submit Assignment button, which uploads it to TurnItIn and the course digital drop box, by Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET. Please upload a single document containing all of your work.
At the top of your prewriting, write down two areas you wish to improve on or two goals you wish to accomplish in this assignment.
Step 1: Prewriting
A descriptive paragraph shows what a person, place, thing, or situation is like. Your first step is to decide what you would like to describe. See the reading from this week for possible topics.
Once you have a topic, spend about 10 minutes gathering your thoughts about your topic. See Week 1 readings for tips on prewriting.
- What is the main point of the description?
- What are the important details?
Step 2: Planning
Consider the material you gathered in your prewriting and create an outline for your paragraph. Organize your ideas spatially. You can use the following template for spatial organization. See this week’s reading for an example.
On the right
On the left
Check your outline for unity, development, and coherence by asking yourself:
- Is your main idea or topic sentence clear?
- Do your supporting details actually support the main idea? Delete anything off topic
- Do you have enough details? You should have at least three
- Are your details organized in a logical spacial order?
Step 3: Drafting
- Using that outline, write the first draft
- “Flesh out” the ideas from your outline
- Include transitional words and phrases to create a flow between sentences. See this week’s reading for a list of transitions for a descriptive paragraph
- Compose a title for your work
Step 4: Polishing
- Are my sentences too long or too short?
- Do I have enough sentence variety?
- Are my words appropriate for academic purposes?
- Do I have any major grammatical errors (e.g., fragments, comma splices, or run-on sentences)?
- Do I have any spelling or mechanical errors?
- Are my verb tenses or persons (first, second, third) consistent?
- Are there verbs or adjectives I could replace with better ones (e.g., nice = cordial, amiable, gracious; do = accomplish, undertake, perform)? Let www.thesaurus.com (Links to an external site.) become your new best friend.
Running the spell-checker is not a substitute for proofreading your work carefully.
You are expected to write primarily in your own voice, using paraphrase, summary, and synthesis techniques when integrating information from class and outside sources. Use an author’s exact words only when the language is especially vivid, unique, or needed for technical accuracy. Failure to do so may result in charges of Academic Dishonesty.
Overusing an author’s exact words, such as including block quotations to meet word counts, may lead your readers to conclude that you lack appropriate comprehension of the subject matter or that you are neither an original thinker nor a skillful writer.
( Attached document is an Example to be used a sample to draft the work)
Description: In a descriptive paragraph, the writer uses sensory details such as sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, and textures to create vivid images in the reader’s mind. When a person is writing a descriptive piece, there should be very detailed observations, write what you see in your mind. The more detail the better the story. In addition, the writer should use spatial order to create a clear visual image of a person, place, object, or scene: You should start at one point and move in one direction as not to confuse the audience such as the location or arrangement in space from top to bottom, bottom to top, right to left, left to right, near to far, far to near, inside to outside, or outside to inside.
Just imagine you are holding your phone to shoot a video of a scene in front of you. You would likely start on your left, then move in front, then go to the right, you may even tilt the camera up to show the sky/ceiling, and maybe even down, but you would not jump from left, to up, to right, to down. The viewer would get totally dizzy. You have to be consistent and move nice and steady in a consistent direction.
Transitional Expressions: Next to, near, close, far, up, down, between, above, below, left, right, center, toward, away.- All of these are used when writing a descriptive paragraph.
Here is an example:
The Mermaid of The Red Sea
Jeddah, or what Jeddawis like to call it “The Mermaid of The Red Sea”, has many breathtaking attractions. From the North, there is New Corniche. A place where you can go with your family and have a wonderful time feeling the breeze of the sea as you walk beside it. Moreover, you cannot visit Jeddah without stopping by the King Fahad fountain. In fact, it’s the tallest fountain in the world. As you go down a little bit, the Red Sea Mall will be your third destination in the North. Although it is not the biggest in Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea Mall is one of the best malls in the country. In the center, Old Jeddah presents a flavor of the past where you can enjoy traditional food, such as Ma’sub, Balela, and Sahlap tea. In addition, the Floating Mosque is a stunning combination of creative architecture and religion. It is also one of the well-known locations in Saudi Arabia. The South is full of motels, but the concept of motels is different in Saudi Arabia. Basically, you get a room where you can have a private dinner with your friends or family. Moreover, South Jeddah has a large barren desert where you can have a barbecue as the moon casts its shadow creating a spectacular image. As pretty as a mermaid, Jeddah is considered one of the best cities in Saudi Arabia.
· Jeddah, or as what Jeddawis like to call it, “The Mermaid of The Red Sea” has many breathtaking attractions
· New Corniche
· King Fahad fountain
· Red Sea Mall
· Old Jeddah.
· The Floating Mosque
In the South:
· The barren desert
· As pretty as a mermaid, Jeddah is considered one of the best cities in Saudi Arabia.
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