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Purpose:This paper assignment has several purposes. As the first major paper for this class the Point of View Essay is designed to re-engage you with the fundamentals of all good writing including using lush sensory details to show the reader a particular place (rather than tell them about it) basic organization clear focus etc. However this unit does not function as a mere review. The Point of View Essay will also introduce you to the concept of thinking and seeing rhetorically and analyzing writing rhetorically–using the Writer’s Toolbox described in this unit to improve your writing and critical reading skills. Finally the Point of View Essay allows you to reflect on this process.
Again we will be working on the rhetorical analysis in Unit 3 and the Reflection in Unit 4.For this unit however you will want to draft the first portion of this paper the positive and negative descriptions of your place.
The first portion of this assignment is a three step process:
1.) Find your place. This should be one single setting at one particular time. Do not use multiple places. For instance if you want to write about your house do not describe your entire house. Choose one particular room or one particular view. Also do not use different times. If its morning in your positive paragraph it cant be evening in your negative paragraph. If it’s completely sunny in your positive paragraph it can’t be raining in your negative paragraph.
2.) Make a sensory chart of your place recording all of the sights smells sounds sensations and even tastes (if applicable). Use your five senses to collect data and be as specific as possible.
3.) Use the data you have recorded to craft your two descriptions incorporating the Writer’s Tool box to shape each of your paragraphs and thus the impression of the place. Remember that in the first paragraph your place should seem positive while in the second paragraph your place should seem negative.
The following is a student example of the first portion of this assignment: