Write a clear, well-developed Classification essay of at least 1000 words. Final essays which do not meet the minimum length requirement can earn no better than a grade of “D,” which is not passing. In the first essay assignment, you described a memorable picture from your Life Map. As explained in Control Theory, such “needfulfilling” pictures are what make up our “Quality World,” our vision of how we would like the world to be. In the second essay, you will classify, or put into categories, other experiences from your Quality World to see what essential elements they have in common, and then consider what they say about you.
Due date: Final essay due by 11:59 pm Tuesday, October 2
Reading: First, read the explanation of Classification in SCC, Ch. 3.3, 98-100, and the example essay by Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue,” 100 (link to the online essay).
Also read, “My Mother Speaks Through Me,” by Deborah Tannen, published by the New York Times. (Click the following link, or copy the address into your browser: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/opinion/language-female-friendship-mothers.html? mcubz=1&_r=1 ) How does each author use classification to help us understand the importance of how we use language? What similarities do you see in the two essays? What important differences do you see? Invention Writing: Spend some time looking at your Life Map again. How could you use classification to divide the important experiences in your life, those in your Quality World, into categories? You need to have at least three categories for your Classification essay. You can classify experiences according to how they fulfill one of the four needs in Control Theory: Power, Freedom, Fun, or Belonging, or you may choose
some other way to classify your experience. For example, I chose to classify experiences that met my need for Power/Significance into reading experiences, writing experiences, and travel experiences. Once you have at least three categories, list the experiences/pictures from your map that fit into each category. Do not list every
experience, just those that fit into one of your categories. Try to list each experience in only one category. If the categories overlap too much you will not be able to divide your experiences, so you need to refine the
categories to make them separate. Next, try to summarize in a few sentences why the items in each
category are important to you, what they have in common, and how they are different from the items in the other categories. How do these categories and examples relate to your Quality World? For example, I might list the things I like to read – fantasy, ancient history, archaeology – and think about how those readings relate to places I like to travel to – museums, archeological sites, historic places, and also to what I like to write about. From these comparisons I might conclude that exploring through reading, writing, and travel gives me knowledge of the past and a sense of my place and significance in the world. Plan/Organization: When you have enough ideas from your invention writing, make a plan for your essay like the following: Introduction – Introduce the topic (your Quality World) and the categories into which you have classified your experiences, then state what you have learned about yourself by comparing them (your thesis). Body paragraphs – Discuss each of your categories in at least one full
paragraph. Begin with a topic sentence stating why those experiences are important to you, then give a few detailed examples and show how they relate to your thesis. You should have 3-5 body paragraphs.
Conclusion – Tie together your observations about each category and show what you have learned about your goals and your needs, as described by Control Theory. Drafting & Revision: For help in writing your essay, read SCC, Ch. 1.4, Writing Thesis Statements, Ch. 1.5, Methods of Organizing Your Writing, Ch. 1.6, Writing Paragraphs, (20-44), and Ch. 2, The Writing Process, (Prewriting, Outlining Drafting), 44-68. Submission Format: Follow the instructions for submitting the final essay in the Module. The essay must be typed following MLA format
conventions: double-spaced, one inch margins, headings at upper left corner, title centered on the next line below the heading, last name and page number at upper right corner. Please use 12-point Times New Roman (or something similar and plain) for your font style and size. Failure to use MLA format will result in a failing grade. Submit your essay to Canvas in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Portable Document (.pdf) as these formats allow me to make comments on your essay and give you feedback. Other formats are not acceptable.
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submitted to earn a passing grade in the course. Essays are graded with the ENGL 1013 essay rubric posted on Canvas under the Syllabus tab. Questions? Please do not hesitate to ask questions if you do not understand any part of this assignment! Please mail me through Canvas.
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