Persuasive Expositional style, Incorporate Professional Syntax and Diction

Reading Assignment: Reflection Essay

You will write a short reflection essay on an assigned reading. This essay should be in your own words, demonstrate persuasive expositional style, incorporate professional syntax and diction, and communicate critical thinking and understanding. Your personal thoughts, feelings, reactions and conclusions should be supported by argument and examples.

The essay will consist of three (3) paragraphs, each containing five (5) sentences. The paragraphs will conform to classical paragraph structure: first, one topic sentence; followed by three supporting statement sentences; and last, a concluding sentence, which should be your reader’s take-away.

Paragraph 1 – What was the subject of the reading? What was the main idea advanced by the writer, or the key point made? What did you find most interesting, or important?

Paragraph 2 – Why did you find the subject, or the main idea, important? What was its special significance? What does it mean to you?

Paragraph 3 – What have you learned? How has your thinking changed? Are you motivated to take further action? If so, what?

This project will be assessed for form as well as content – your essay must be neat, well organized, and easy to read. Assessable criteria include spelling, punctuation, usage, agreement, syntax & grammar; typographic selection & usage; page layout & the arrangement of text on the page; and the care and consistency with which it is executed. Your essay is due at the start of the next class, and must be bound into your final portfolio to be turned in at the end of the quarter.

Learning Outcomes
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5b Students have awareness of terminology and language necessary to communicate effectively with members of allied disciplines. The reflection essay exposes students to professional writing and requires them to respond in an appropriately using technical terms and criteria when engaging topical content, page layout, typographic design, publication design, and information architecture.
9c Students are able to effectively express ideas in written communication. The reflection essay requires students to write effective prose, to communicate topical information, persuasively advance a relevant response, and write with a purpose: tone, texture, scope, mood, and objective.
10a Students understand social, political, and physical influences affecting historical in design of the built environment. The reflection essay requires students to engage, interpret, and integrate issues and matters discussed in the assigned reading with prior learning so they can demonstrate understanding and insight related to the matters discussed in the reading assignment in the form of a reflection essay.
11a Students understand the elements and principles of design, including spatial definition and organization. The reflection essay requires effective expositional prose, incorporating rhetorical devices such as dissonance (contrast), alliteration/assonance(repetition), consonance (proximity), and rhyme (alignment); and be able to produce readable, accessible text, using a layout grid, typographic hierarchy, and an appropriate balance between active and passive space.

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