English 101 Essay #1

My Most Important Piece of Writing

As we begin this course, I want you to get used to the idea of writing, and I need some kind of early idea how your writing is working.

Your Writing Task:

Write a three-page essay that discusses the most important piece of writing you have done. It does not have to be a piece of writing for school—other kinds of writing (an apology to a friend, an application for a job) can also be important, and you get to define "important."

Advice:

Do not assume that your reader understands things before you explain them. Be specific! Be concrete! Quote that piece of writing! Give an example or two!

Mechanical details:

Length: The equivalent of a three-page paper. A three-page paper should be between 560 and 680 words long, not counting title, your name, etc.

Format: Standard MLA format. (12-point Times Roman type, double-spaced, 1" margin all around, MLA header.)

Submitting the paper:

Due Date

This essay is worth 75 points.