PROJECT 1: IDENTITY
Write a creative essay in which you identify yourself through the use of a motif.
For example, in “The Fashion Victim’s Ten Commandments,” Michelle Lee identifies a group of people based on fashion using the motif of the Ten Commandments. In “My Children Explain the Big Issues,” Will Baker discusses what he has learned about life through the eyes of his children. And in “A Postcard Memoir,” Lawrence Sutin discusses his past through a set of postcards. You may decide to write the Ten Commandments of what it takes to be your roommate. You may decide to write about your five favorite paintings or plants and how each resembles a part of you. Another idea is to discuss a ritual in which you regularly partake.
ALL GOOD WRITING IS SPECIFIC, DETAILED, AND FULL OF EXAMPLES. This is the key to success for the essay. Concrete language! Use your five senses! Lots of examples!
Consider me, your target audience, skeptical. Every time you make a claim about who you are, you must prove to me that it is true by providing evidence.
Grading Criteria: Skillful Means:
Content: You give a range of information and examples that successfully represents the distinct person that you are and the many sides to your personality. You discuss in detail how your the aspects of your motif represent or resemble your personality.
Expression: Your essay is innovative and unique. You show depth, complexity, and serious reflection of who you are and how you came to be so.
Organization: The way you have organized your essay is logical. The beginning, middle, and end of your essay are unified and make a cohesive whole. Ideas are grouped together appropriately.
Mechanics: Syntax, grammar, spelling, citing. Readers should not have difficulty with sentences or be distracted by error.
Format: 4-6 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins, Times New Roman typeface (or other seriffed typeface), pages numbered (except for first page), stapled, with...