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Language and Composition Module 5 – Evidence and Assessment

Completing This Module

Now that you have studied all of the lessons for this module, you can complete the Module Evidence activity and Module Quiz below.

  1. Review the module summary and outcomes.
  2. If you are unclear on any of the outcomes, review the lessons and the Check Your Knowledge activity.
  3. Complete the Module Quiz and Module Evidence Activity on this page.  These items are graded and count toward your final grade for this course.

Note: If you would like to learn more about this module’s topics, click the Module Toolbox or Module Glossary for additional and supplementary resources.

In this module, you learned about narrative and descriptive essays. Narrative essays are often more personal and allow you to be vulnerable by sharing a personal experience. In descriptive essays, you have an opportunity to describe your personal perception of a place or event. Next, you will create your own narrative essay as part of the assessment for this module. When in doubt, go back and look at the lessons in this module to help guide you through the essay writing process. Don’t forget to do both low and high level editing on your essays.

After completing this Module, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the elements of narrative and descriptive essays and identify the importance of the rhetorical situation in narrative and descriptive writing.
  • Identify the principles of narration and description.
  • Analyze the use of narration and/or description in an essay.
  • Compose a narrative or descriptive essay based on personal experience and observation.
  • Identify aspects of high-order revision.
  • Edit writing samples for grammar, mechanics, and style.

Lesson 1 – Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Purpose and Organization

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  • descriptive essays
    essays that describe something
  • narrative essays
    essays that tell a story
  • objectivity
    a state of being or describing a statement that is universal in fact; it is not personal nor does it have any bias or feelings attached
  • subjectivity
    a state of being or describing a statement that is based on personal biases, experiences, and background
  • thesis
    the main idea of an argument or discussion

Lesson 2 – Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style

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  • descriptive essay
    seeks to describe something, whether that thing is an event, a person, or an item
  • narrative essay
    seeks to narrate a story for the reader; it will have a clear beginning, middle, and end
  • purpose statement
    similar to a thesis statement, but less of an argumentative or persuasive statement; it seeks to guide the reader to understand the point the essay wants to communicate

Lesson 3 – Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Reading Samples

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  • apartheid
    a system of policy by which segregation was embedded into the law in South Africa
  • epiphany
    a moment of sudden realization or change

Lesson 4 – Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Writing Your Own

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  • memoir
    a collection of memories that are tied together by a common theme
  • past tense
    this tense signals that an event or action is occurring in the past
  • present tense
    this tense signals that an event or action is occurring in the present
  • verb tense
    the tense of a verb communicates when, in time, an event happens

Lesson 5 – Revising for Higher Order Concerns

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  • high order concerns
    concerns in revision that focus on structure, content, organization, and ideas; these should be the primary focus in revision
  • low order concerns
    concerns in editing that focus on spelling, grammar, and mechanics; these should be a secondary focus in editing
  • revision
    editing a piece of writing to improve the substance of what is written
  • thesis
    the main idea of an argument or discussion

Lesson 6 – Editing for Lower Order Concerns

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