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Diagnostic Writing Exercise

Using your best writing skills, compose a single paragraph of approximate 100 words that introduces a hobby or an activity other than school-related work, from which you draw inspiration to be a better student. Use specific details and examples to illustrate your topic.

You may interpret this "something" as widely or as narrowly as you like. It can be anything you do in your spare time or as a public service, or it can be a job you perform that has a vocational aspect to it. Its inspiration or influence can also be wide-ranging: a study skill, a study habit, an attitude about school, a change in your routines to accommodate school, or even something more indirectly related--paying closer attention to the world around you; listening to others' opinions; and so on. It's up to you.

Just remember to use your best writing skills: develop good, sound sentences; use your best vocabulary. Write to impress me, but try to have some fun with topic, too. Think of a good title for your paragraph other than “Diagnostic Writing Sample.” You won't receive a grade for this; it's a "free-bee." I just want to find out what you can do, as a starting point for the class.

You may use the remaining class time to complete this task, but you can leave anytime: when you're finished, you're free to turn in your paragraph and I'll see you the next class period.

Welcome to my class!

Last Updated: 01/16/2016


Karl J Sherlock
English / Creative Writing
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