Week 5, Journal 1

Module 1 Writing Activity

Pick one of the four topics listed in the Week 5 writing assignment and choose the topic that most appeals to you for your final, peer reviewed paragraph. Once you’ve made your choice, start with the first step of the writing process, inventing, and try a few of the methods to develop your ideas.  If you find that the topic does not seem to be working, try to develop another topic. Once you’ve developed some good ideas for your paragraph, move to the second step, organizing, and construct an outline that you can use for drafting your paragraph.

Choose one of the following four topics to write your final paragraph about:

Topic #1
Discuss at least four (4) short term and/or long term effects that finishing Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade will have upon you personally, academically, and/or professionally.

Topic #2
Identify and describe a favorite activity or interest and provide at least four reasons why this activity or interest holds your attention and/or is enjoyable to you.

Topic #3
Identify and describe at least three (3) ways a person, male and/or female, is recognized as an adult in your culture.

Topic #4
Identify and describe a traditional ethnic food from your culture. Provide at least four reasons why this food has remained an essential, primary food in your culture. While you may include the recipe, this topic asks you to discuss the importance of the food in your culture.

I am choosing Topic #2 and the activity I will write about is running since it is a fairly new activity for me (two years) and therefore my interest in it is still very intense and I can clearly see the benefits from it every day. (and that will basically become my opening/topic sentence!)

Since you will be writing a paragraph at the end of this unit, your outline should have at least the following points:

  • Topic – Mental and physical benefits of running
  • Topic sentence – Running allows me to pursue my passion for exploring nature and has provided me with expected physical fitness improvement and some surprising mental benefits.
  • Supporting Points
    • Specific example – Following the existing passion of exploring trails and nature around me.
      • Explanation – Birds, wildlife, flowers and tucked away corners of beautiful scenes of the water and wild flowers and rolling hills etc.
    • Specific example – Fitness levels 
      • Explanation – cholesterol dropped, lost weight, change in shape, strength in legs improves movements and balance in other endeavors.

      Specific Example – Mental clarity

      • Explanation – Improved sleep, reduced stress, ability to push through obstacles is increased, confidence in tackling bigger tasks is heightened.

      Specific Example

      • Explanation
  • Concluding Sentence I think everyone knows that running can be an excellent form of physical exercise, but it can also be a fantastic way to explore the world around you and feel a mental boost of optimism and confidence. 




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