How to Create a Composition and Writing Rubric

English 111 is a composition and writing course taught in community colleges.  It teaches students how to write college-level essays.  Grammar is covered in this course also.  In addition, students learn to use outside sources in their essays.  Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation style is what is required to be used when citing sources in essays in my classes.  Rubrics are generally used to score the essays.  As a former English Instructor, I used rubrics to grade students’ essays.

Here is an English 111 rubric I used.  English Rubric-Revised

 

 

 

Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.

 

How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

 

 

How to Create a Basic Writing Rubric

English 090 is a basic grammar and writing course taught in community colleges.  It teaches students how to write basic essays.  Rubrics are generally used to score the essays.  As a former English Instructor, I used rubrics to grade students’ essays.

Here is an English 090 rubric I used.   English 090 Rubric-Revised

 

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Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.

 

How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

 

 

Fishing on the Oregon Inlet–Nags Head

 

 Fishing on the Oregon Inlet–Nags Head

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I was excited when my brother and his wife invited my husband and me to go fishing with them at Nags Head.  My brother chartered a fishing boat.   While waiting for the charter boat to come in, I decided to take some pictures of the boats at dock.

 

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Captains Will and Viv McPherson at Sinbad Sportsfishing Charters took us out to fish on their boat, Sinbad, in the Oregon Inlet.  They were wonderful hosts and showed us a great time.  They made the fishing experience memorable.

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We are on our way, leaving the marina to head out to deeper water.

 

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Once the Captain located a spot to fish, it didn’t take long for the fish to start biting.  My husband was excited when he reeled in his first catch.  That was the first time we had been fishing on the ocean.

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My brother and his wife enjoyed themselves immensely.  They wanted to catch fish and fish they did catch!

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It was a beautiful sunny day with warm breezes cooling us off.  We spent about three hours out on the water, and in between catching some Spanish mackerel and blue fish, we would sit back and enjoy the relaxing motion of the boat.  When it was time to head back in, my husband and I took some selfies.

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The ride back to the marina was probably the best part for me.  So relaxing and refreshing as the water sprays peppered my face.  I wanted to remember this moment, so I took some pictures of reels and lures on the boat.

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We passed several buoys as we headed in.

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We didn’t get a chance to visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, so I took a picture of it.  Maybe next time, we will make that visit.

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We weren’t the only ones heading back in.  We passed a few boats that were bringing in their catch of the day.

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All in all, the fishing trip was wonderful.  We caught over 50 fish.  I think that was great for our first time charter fishing.  We shared our catch with family and ate some tasty FRESH fish.

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 Can’t wait until we go again!

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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

How to Organize an Essay–Basic Essay Format

Basic Essay Format

 

Topic – Your topic may be given by instructor, or you may be allowed to choose your own topic.  Narrow the topic so that it can be covered adequately depending on the length of your essay assignment.

 

Audience—Your audience is your reader or the person to whom you are addressing your essay argument.  The language used in the essay should be appropriate for the audience who will read it.  Don’t use language that is too complicated for a younger audience, and don’t use language that is too juvenile for an adult audience.

 

Purpose—Decide on your purpose for writing your essay—to inform, to entertain, to persuade.   The purpose will help determine your language, your tone, and your overall approach to the topic.

 

Introduction— There are several ways to hook your readers’ attention in the introduction:

  • Begin with a brief story or short anecdote.
  • Begin with an surprising fact or interesting statistic.
  • Begin with a question that will be answered or addressed in your essay.
  • Begin with background information that is relevant to your topic.
  • Begin with a definition of a term that is relevant to your topic and expand on this term in your essay.
  • Do not begin with statements such as “I am going to explain…” or  “I am going to tell you how…”.   These statements are weak and don’t hook your readers’ attention.
  • Thesis Statement—It is the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.  The thesis statement is the main idea of the entire essay.  It states exactly what you will prove in the essay and lists the major points that will be discussed in the body of the essay.

 

Transition Words—These words or phrases are used to introduce each body paragraph.  They help the reader transition from one major point to the next.  They also help the reader transition from one paragraph to the next.

 

Topic Sentence—The topic sentence is the main idea of each paragraph.  It states broadly what will be discussed in the body of the paragraph.  The topic sentence relates directly to the thesis statement.

 

Major Details—The major details are the main points that will be discussed in each paragraph.

 

Supporting Details—The supporting details further explain, support, or back up the main points in each paragraph in the form of examples, evidence, personal experiences, facts, figures, statistics, etc.

 

Closing Statement– The closing statement is a sentence at the end of each paragraph, which signals the end of the point being discussed in the paragraph.  The closing statement also transitions smoothly to the next paragraph.

 

Conclusion—Strategies for writing effective conclusions:

  • Restatement of the thesis, worded slightly differently
  • Summary of the main points brought out in the essay
  • Call to action, asking the reader to do something or to stop doing something
  • Do not bring up new points in the conclusion.  Address new points in the body of the essay.
  • Do not leave the reader with unanswered questions.

 

 

 

Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.

 

How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

 

 

How to Write a Basic Essay Outline

 

Basic Essay Outline

Each Roman numeral in the outline represents a paragraph.  Each capital letter below each Roman numeral represents a point that will be addressed within the paragraph.  Use this outline to determine the key points that will be addressed in your essay.

I.     Introduction

         A.  Hook to Gain Reader’s Attention

         B.  Lead in to Thesis Statement

         C.  Thesis Statement

II.    First Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

III.    Second Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

IV.    Third Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

V.    Fourth Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

VI.    Fifth Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

VII.    Rebuttal

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

VIII.   Conclusion

        A.     Restatement of Thesis or Main Points

        B.     Call to Action

        C.     Closing Statement

Basic Essay Format

Introductory Paragraph –Introduce the topic of your essay with a interesting hook such as a surprising fact or statistic, a brief story, or a controversial idea.  Give some background information on why it is a timely topic or why it is pertinent to be addressed.  What is happening in the world that makes this topic something that needs to be addressed?   The last sentence should state what you will prove about the topic.  (The thesis statement is last sentence in introduction).

Body Paragraph 1 (First Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 2 (Second Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 3 (Third Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 4 (Fourth Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 5 (Fifth Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 6 (Rebuttal)–This paragraph states the opposition’s view to your stance on the issue being discussed in your essay.  Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to the conclusion paragraph.

Conclusion Paragraph—Several methods are good to use here—give a restatement of thesis worded slightly differently from introductory paragraph.  Use a call to action for the reader to do something or stop doing something.  Sum up major points brought out in body of essay and close with an overall message to the reader.

 

 

 

Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.

 

How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

 

Art Challenge–Painting No. 30

Read all of my posts for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge here  http://katrinaparkerwilliams.wordpress.com/30-paintings-in-30-days-challenge-sept-2014/.

 

Well, folks, the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge has come to an end.  I am a bit sad.  I had fun challenging myself to create paintings inspired by my books.  It was tough at times but very rewarding.  I will continue to paint images from my books but will also explore new themes.  Here is the last painting in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.

Trouble Down South Art Challenge

Painting No. 30

 

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Crib Girls No. 3

This is my last painting dealing with characters and scenes from my Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two) for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.  Crib girls were prostitutes that worked at the Watering Hole–a juke joint–in Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two).

 

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Prints are available for purchase of the painting “Crib Girls No. 3.”   Prints are available in sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, and 16 x 20 inches (unframed).  Email Katrina Williams at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com for prices.

Check out the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta–http://www.lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/.

 

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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

Art Challenge–Painting No. 29

Read all of my posts for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge here  http://katrinaparkerwilliams.wordpress.com/30-paintings-in-30-days-challenge-sept-2014/.

 

 

One more day until the end of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Art Challenge.  It has been a fun ride.  Here is another painting from my Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two) for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.  Crib girls were prostitutes that worked in the Watering Hole–a juke joint–in Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two).

 

Trouble Down South Art Challenge

Painting No. 29

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The Shoes of a Crib Girl

 

Prints are available for purchase of the painting “The Shoes of a Crib Girl.”   Prints are available in sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, and 16 x 20 inches (unframed).  Email Katrina Williams at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com for prices.

Check out the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta–http://www.lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/.

 

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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

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