1. Write a descriptive essay of 600-1000 words. Read through the Topics and the Theses in #2 and #3 below. Decide which Topic you would like to develop and which Thesis (the main point that you are making in your essay) is appropriate to that topic.
2. Select one of the following TOPICS for your essay:
• Choose a photograph or a painting, and describe it to someone who has not seen it.
• Choose a scene in Nature, and describe it to someone who has not seen it.
• Choose a place with personal significance and describe it to someone who has not seen it.
3. Select one of the THESES below to develop the TOPIC that you have chosen in #2 above:
• One place I have (visited/lived) has had a profound impact on my life.
• A place that I would like to visit (or to live) is . . . (fill in the location name).
• A place can provide peace, tranquility, and an escape from my daily problems.
• A place can be beautiful but frightening.
• In this place, I can be myself.
• Through the forces of Nature, a location can change (over time/in a moment).
• This place will always remind me of . . . (fill in the appropriate information).
4. Follow the essay formatting requirements listed in Appendix A in this syllabus.
5. Submit the final draft as a file saved in Rich Text Format (rtf.) or as a Microsoft DOC file.
6. Attach the file to the “Essay #1” directions in “Assignments” on the Course Home Page (see Appendix B). Do NOT paste your essay in the “Submission” box or the “Add Comment” box.