Writing Exercise 1

The purpose of this exercise is twofold: 1) to ensure that everyone understands the conventions for formatting writing assignments in proper "English-class fashion," and 2) to give me a brief sample of your writing in a low-pressure context where the writing itself isn't graded.

Submit the finished exercise in the Writing Exercise 1 assignments dropbox in D2L.

Refer carefully to all "SS" items on the Simple Stuff page as you complete the assignment. Your grade will be determined not on the quality of your writing, only on your adherence to the guidelines for formatting and presentation outlined on the Simple Stuff page.

Page 1.  Compose a paragraph of about 150 words that could serve as the introduction in an essay on whether the speaker in Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" is more likely to help or to harm the girl she gives advice to (presumably her daughter). This paragraph should follow the pattern of introductions in persuasive format, meaning that it sets up in neutral fashion a short and direct literal question that ends the paragraph. Review the section on introductions on the persuasive format page.

Page 2.  Make a separate "works cited page," with the imaginary article below listed as a "work cited."  The works cited page should have the title, Works Cited, centered at the top of the page, and the bibliographic entry should appear as follows (double-spaced, of course, as indicated in "SSD"):

Burdowski, T. R.  "The Atlanta Braves: Heroes or Merely Ballplayers?"  The Greatest Game's Greatest Team, edited by Frances C. Rogers and Francisco Cabrera, tenth edition, Not-Too-Likely Books, 2012, pp. 799-858.

Microsoft Word Tip: to make a page break after the paragraph (to start a new page for the works cited page), press the control and enter keys simultaneously at the end of the paragraph.

You may copy and paste the works cited entry from this page into your document, but do make sure the formatting (the font, especially) is consistent with the text of your paragraph: see SSF.