Composition I

Columbia Gorge Community College

High School Course


Writing Assignments


Instructions:Before beginning the writing assignments, read the packet of information enclosed in your folder and complete the Essay Writing section of the computer lessons.


Each written assignment requires a handwritten brainstorming or pre-writing, a rough draft and a final draft.Please bring your rough draft to the lab to be proof read by your instructor.The final draft will be graded on a 1-4 scale.Please see the Grading Information section on the webpage.


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  1. Write a descriptive paragraph using the Mindmapping sheet

in your folder.†† A topic sentence and at least three supporting

details need to be included.††††

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  1. Use the Correction Symbols to proof read the sample essay.

You should find 20 errors in the sample essay.††††††††††††††††††††††††††            1234



  1. Write a persuasive paper in which you try to persuade your reader

to:(choose only one)You need to try each type of pre-writing

activities for this project.See pages 23-30 in the writing packet.

    1. buy a certain car or truck
    2. eat at a specific restaurant
    3. wear a certain brand of clothing
    4. listen to a type of music
    5. another approved topic††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                1234



  1. Write a letter of complaint to a company for a defective product

you purchased.Use business letter format.Look for a website about how to

write a letter of complaint. Your letter needs to be an

original letter about a product you have purchased!††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1234



  1. Find a job for which you might apply.Write a letter of

application to your prospective employer.Include the job

listing with your letter. See the example letter in your folder.†††††             1234


  1. Write a movie review (summary).Include the name of the movie,

the main characters, the plot and your opinion of the movie.†††††† ††††††††††† 1234



  1. Write a process paper (how-to).Your need to know the know

the difference between a time order and an emphatic order

essay.Please come to the lab for more directions about this

paper.††††††††††† Transitions are a must!††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1234



  1. Choose one of the following statements to support.Make

sure to defend your points (at least three) with specific


a.       Junk food should be taxed

b.      Junk food should be banned from schools

c.       Being young is better than being old

d.      _________ subject should be taught in every school

e.       _________ should be banned

f.        TV is the worst (or best) invention of all time

g.       Driversí licenses should be issued at age 18

h.       Approved topic††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1234



  1. Write a narrative essay.See pages 202-203 in your folder

for example topics.Ask your instructor if you need help!††††††††††††††††††††† 1234



  1. Compare and contrast two______________.See pages 264-266

for methods of development.You may choose what you want to

compare and contrast.If you have questions ask your instructor.†††††††† 1234



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