ility will be key. Choose a person/subculture that genuinely interests you. In order for this topic to remain intriguing for the remainder of the semester and, thus, inspire you to generate three separate pieces of writing, it should be a topic that truly interests you. For this assignment, don’t simply pick the “easiest one.” If you become bored six weeks in, your “easy” topic will suddenly become very, very difficult for you to work with. Due Dates • Your draft is due Thursday, February 18th for peer review. • You must attend class on Thursday, Feb. 18 and submit written feedback to earn full credit for peer review. All written feedback must be provided to the author by the end of the day Tuesday, Feb. 23 via the peer review discussion board on Blackboard. • There will be a revision workshop in class on Tuesday, Feb. 23. • The final draft is due on Tuesday, March 1 by 11:30 am. You will receive feedback on your draft from your instructor and have the option to revise your profile again in satisfaction of the requirements for the Portfolio assignment. Jacobs WRIT 1301 – Profile Assignment – Spring 2016 4 Questions for Peer Reviewers 1. Purpose What seems to be the “frame” for this profile: quality, event, idea, or group? Why does the writer seem to think this person is interesting? When in the draft do you know that? Is it early enough? 2. Meaning What’s the S.O.F.T.? • If the profile is focused on a quality of its subject, what is it? • If the profile is seeing through a subject to say something about an idea, what’s the idea? • If it’s focused on how the subject represents a larger group, what is it saying about that group? • If the profile is using its subject to illuminate a public event, what is it saying about that event? Grading Criteria Notice that the grading criteria for this assignment follow the Features of the Form very closely. In addition to the criteria listed here, consult pp. 113-4 in your textbook to verify your essay is a good example of an academic profile. A successful profile will: Include a snappy title that catches the reader’s attention and indicates the topic and argument Answer one of two central inquiry questions – • Does this one person’s story tell us anything about the perspective of others who belong to a group and about people in general? • What does this person’s story say about social situations, trends, or problems? Satisfy an academic motive that is specific, purposeful, and significant – • The essay is more than an objective picture of someone. • The writer uses the portrait to say something. • The essay functions in the service of ideas. Focus on detailed and relevant subject matter and will feature a – • Detailed look at one person. • Person who is both unique AND typical. • Person is accessible, willing, and interesting to talk to. Follow a logical academic structure so that the essay – • Begins by answering, “Why this person?” • Uses effective anecdotes that show rather than tell. • Uses narrative as a method of development. • Includes sufficient background information to provide context for the profile. • Uses point of view effectively, selecting one of two options: o First person, where the writer’s thoughts are integral to the profile; or o Third person, where the writer’s thoughts and reactions are withheld • Uses showing and telling to reveal the subject, perhaps including dialogue and scenes. • Includes a strong beginning, which is crucial for unknown subjects of a profile. • Effectively utilizes scene and setting, which can reveal additional things about the subject and are thus important to crafting a profile. Jacobs WRIT 1301 – Profile Assignment – Spring 2016 5 • Recognizes the limitations on how much the writer/reader can generalize from one example. Rely on evidence to support claims. All evidence should be introduced in text and properly cited using a consistent method of documentation where necessary (MLA, APA). Sources of information may include: • Interview(s) • Observation(s) • Outside research • Personal experience Make good use of language and style – • Includes sensory details and vivid word choice in order to show rather than tell. • Uses exact and specific details. • Author comes across as a credible writer and appeals to the values and emotions of the audience. • Sentences are lively, engaging, and relatively error free. • Essay is 3-4 pages in MLA or APA style, double-spaced, in 12pt. Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins, page numbers in the header, plus a title, and a heading on the first page only including name, date, and version of assignment. See CW pp. 428-37 for an example of an essay in MLA format. Find example pages from an APA essay in the Pocket Style Manual, pp. 199-204. In addition, grading in the portfolio will rely on evidence of your Writing Process Make sure your essay evolves from reflection, feedback, and recursive practice and that you: • Submit complete drafts on time. • Demonstrate revision of content and style. • Provide adequate help to peers during peer review. • Collect evidence of your writing process in its various phases, including prewriting activities, drafts, peer and instructor feedback, process reflections, changes made during revision, and the final product.
Name: Draft submitted on time: YES NO
Participated in Peer Review: YES NO Final submitted on time: YES NO
Temporary Grade: /100,
The chart below reflects instructor evaluation of your Profile assignment as “Excellent,” “Good,” “Acceptable,” or “Unsatisfactory” on each criterion. Posts that satisfy the criteria earn a C. To earn a B, the final essay must score overall an Acceptable-Plus—you must go beyond fulfilling the criteria. To earn an A, it must be rated Excellent in most of the criteria. Use this information to decide if you would like to revise this assignment for your portfolio, and if so, what areas to focus on.
|Audience, Purpose, and Subject||Excellent||Acceptable +||Acceptable||Unsatisfactory|
|Essay has a snappy title that catches the reader’s attention and indicates the topic and argument.|
|Essay satisfies an academic motive that is specific, purposeful, and significant by answering one of two central inquiry questions –
· Does this one person’s story tell us anything about the perspective of others who belong to a group and about people in general?
· What does this person’s story say about social situations, trends, or problems?
|Essay focuses on detailed and relevant subject matter and features a detailed look at one person who is both unique AND typical.|
|Structure & Development of Ideas|
|Essay includes a strong beginning that answers, “Why this person?” Includes sufficient background information to provide context for the profile.|
|Essay uses effective anecdotes that show rather than tell and narrative as a method of development.|
|Effectively utilizes dialogue, scene, and setting to craft a portrait of the subject for the reader.|
|Essay uses point of view effectively: (a) First person, where the writer’s thoughts are integral to the profile; or (b) Third person, where the writer’s thoughts and reactions are withheld.|
|Essay recognizes the limitations of how much the writer/reader can generalize from one example.|
|Use of Evidence|
|Essay relies on evidence to support claims drawing from interview(s), observation(s), relevant outside research (cited properly), or personal experience.|
|Evidence is cited properly in a consistent format as needed.|
|Language and Style|
|Essay includes sensory details and vivid word choice in order to show rather than tell. Uses exact and specific details. Sentences are lively, engaging, and relatively error free.|
|Author comes across as a credible writer and appeals to the values and emotions of the audience.|
|Essay is 3-4 pages, double-spaced, in 12pt. Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins, page numbers in the header, plus a title, and a heading on the first page only including name, date, and version of assignment.|