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Where I Stand Essay. Mrs. Michel’s English I Class. Where I Stand . A genre exchange project. Directions:. Your essay should be a minimum of eight paragraphs. Each of the eight paragraphs has its own topic!. A tip for good writing:. Stay focused on your topic in each paragraph.

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Where i stand essay

Where I Stand Essay

Mrs. Michel’s English I Class

Where i stand
Where I Stand

A genre exchange project


Your essay should be a minimum of eight paragraphs.

A tip for good writing
A tip for good writing:

Stay focused on your topic in each paragraph

A few more hints
A few more hints:

Begin each paragraph with the prompt and then elaborate on that idea for at least five sentences. Use vivid verbs!

Process for writing
Process for writing

First two steps:

Last two steps:

  • Brainstorm (pre-write)

  • Outline

  • Rough drafts (including peer editing and teacher conference)

  • Final copy

Paragraph topics

Paragraph Topics

For your essay…

I am . . .

  • This is where you get the chance to introduce yourself to your reader.

  • Tell him/her anything interesting, like how old you are, where you grew up, and about your family

I love
I love . . .

  • This is where you tell your reader about something or someone you love.

  • Explain what makes him or her loveable and special or detail your favorite food by using your senses.

I believe
I believe…

  • This is where you pick something you believe in more than anything else.

  • It might be a religion, social issue, or a quote and then tell your reader why.

I do not like
I do not like…

  • Please do not give any real names of friends, enemies, or teachers here. You can talk about people by using a fake name but NO REAL NAMES!

  • This really should go beyond people; think of subjects in school, chores, or maybe even something political that you don’t like.

I want
I want . . .

  • Tell your reader what you want either from life or maybe for your birthday or maybe Christmas.

  • Describe what you want by using your senses if it is tangible.

I have
I have . . . .

  • Tell your reader about something that you have that you are proud of and want your reader to know more about.

  • Explain to your reader why it is important to you.

  • It might be something tangible, a skill you have, etc.

I prefer
I prefer . . .

  • Tell your reader about a preference you have, whether it be clothes, subjects in school, or anything else that matters to you.

  • Explain what qualities make that thing special.

The last paragraph is your conclusion
The last paragraph is your conclusion

  • Conclusion paragraphs summarize what you have said in each of your other paragraphs.

  • Here you also wrap up your thoughts.

Your rough drafts are due by tuesday
Your rough drafts are due by TUESDAY.

Rough Draft: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Final Draft: Tuesday, September 6, 2011


On the back of your essay sheet.

Sample introduction
Sample Introduction

I am Mrs. Michel

a) I was born in 1983 in Charleston, SC

b) My parents got divorced when I was young

c) I have a half sister

d) Both of my parents got along and lived in the same city

e) I have a fun, diverse family

Paragraph 2
Paragraph 2

I love working on my house

- I got my house in 2007

- It needed a lot of work

- Work I’ve done: electric, walls, painting, floors, deck, landscaping, etc.

- Work I have left to do: workshop, backyard, etc.