Expository/Analytical writing serves as a transition for students to develop more formal elements of academic writing: the thesis statement, topic sentences, organization, specific examples to support one’s thesis, etc. These formal elements may be expressed in one or more of the following rhetorical modes: cause and effect, process analysis, definition, position or evaluation. The essay will be 3 – 4 pages, double-spaced in 12pt font, have a clear thesis, introduction, body and conclusion. Support your descriptions with examples, testimony and quotes, using APA format (for both format and citations). The essay will be graded with the DOL Written Communication Grading Rubric.
Students will analyze their own identity development from the perspective of Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development. The paper must discuss the student’s progression through previous stages, along a description of the student’s experiences in the current stage. This paper must use proper citations to Chapter 1 of the DSS100 iBook. Students must include an introductory paragraph with a topic (thesis) sentence, appropriate transitions, a concluding paragraph, and reference page. This paper may be written in first-person format and may include personal stories and references.
- 3-4 pages
- APA format
- Citations must be used throughout the entire essay, where appropriate
- Points will be deducted for spelling/grammatical errors, typos, and APA format errors
- Essays will be assessed using the Dialogues of Learning written communication rubric (see rubric in Canvas)
- The final copy of the paper must be submitted to Canvas as a Word or PDF document
A Note on Expository Writing:
Expository Writing is a mode of writing that uses examples to share, explain or prove a point. Expository writing serves as a transition for students to develop more formal elements of academic writing: the thesis statement, topic sentences, specific examples to support one’s thesis, etc.
Some Writing Tips:
- The thesis statement must be defined and narrow enough to be supported within the essay.
- Each supporting paragraph must have a distinct controlling topic and all other sentences must factually relate directly to it. The transition words or phrases are important as they help the reader follow along and reinforce the logic.
- The conclusion paragraph should originally restate the thesis and the main supporting ideas. Finish with a statement that reinforces your position in a meaningful and memorable way. Never introduce new material in the conclusion.
Content for Rubric: Describe personal progression through Erikson’s stages
*I am currently 19 years old so I would be in the stage for this age bracket