Strengths and Weaknesses of Writing

Define or redefine one of the following words: Family Success Courage Art Beauty In your draft, briefly explain how society, or the dictionary, defines the word you’ve selected, and then explain your unique or extended definition of the word. Provide examples and explanations to support your definition. Your thesis must inform your readers of your new definition and, because you are writing in the informative mode, you must use objective language. As a part of your completed draft, complete the color coding activity and include answers to all of the questions below your draft. PART 1: Color Coding Activity: Using the color codes provided, evaluate your draft as follows: Use red text to indicate your thesis statement. Use green text to indicate the topic sentence of each body paragraph. Part 2: Questions 1. What is the significance of your essay? Why should readers care about what you have written? (2-3 sentences) Think about why you decided to analyze this particular image, or why you picked the word you chose to define. Your interest in in your subject matter should be clear to readers. 2. Which areas of your draft do you think will benefit most from revision? (2-3 sentences) Consider the organization, style, focus, development, and conventions of your draft. Which areas did you struggle to complete? 3. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of your writing. How can you capitalize on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses in future essays? (3-4 sentences) Think about what was easy about writing the draft, and what was more difficult. For example, if you write paragraphs with strong topic sentences, but repeatedly use the same type of sentence to provide supporting details, you can improve your paragraphs by varying sentence structure.

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