informative paragraph/descriptive paragraph

Getting Started
For Touchstone 1, you will be writing two separate, distinct paragraphs. You will write one paragraph in the informative mode and one paragraph in the descriptive mode.

The informative paragraph must be written in a non-biased tone and explain, teach, or inform. The descriptive paragraph must use sensory details to describe a person, place or object.

In order to foster learning and growth, all essays you submit must be newly written specifically for this course. Any recycled work will be sent back with a 0, and you will be given one attempt to redo the touchstone.

Choosing a Topic
For the informative paragraph, be creative and choose a topic that you already know something about. (You do not need to conduct any research for this paragraph.) Be sure to write in an objective and non-biased manner with your intended audience and purpose in mind. You may write about any topic you wish that you know something about, however; below are some sample topics that may help you get started.

The background, history, or rules of a particular game or sport
The materials, tools, background or approach for a hobby you enjoy
The action/process for an activity such as driving, planting a garden, grilling a steak, etc.
The history of a place that you know a lot about (a city, state, natural attraction, etc.)
A scientific process or concept that you are very familiar with

For the descriptive paragraph, use sensory language and vivid details to describe a person, a place or a thing. Sensory details describe how something looks, sounds, feels, smells or tastes. You should use precise language to show rather than tell about what you are describing.  Be sure to write with your intended audience and purpose in mind. What you write about is entirely up to you as long as you use vivid details and sensory language to bring the description to life. However, below are some sample topics that may help you get started.

Describe a room in your house
Describe your favorite spot to spend time 
Describe a person who is special to you 
Describe a meal that you enjoy eating or cooking 
Describe a unique family tradition

Each paragraph should be 200 to 300 words (approximately 1/2 page) in length
Double-space the paragraphs and use 1-inch margins
Use a readable 12-point font
All writing must be appropriate for an academic context
All writing must be original and written for this assignment
Plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited
Submission must include your name, the name of the course, the date, and the title of your composition
Submission must include both your descriptive and informative paragraphs and your answers to the reflection questions following each
Submit a single file only, including all assignment components
Acceptable file formats include .doc, and .docx.

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