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Diagnostic Writing Exercise

Using your best writing skills, compose a single paragraph of approximate 100-250 words that introduces something unusual or unique about you.   Use specific details and examples to illustrate your topic.

You may interpret this task as widely or as narrowly as you like.  Your topic can be something exotic about you or your life, it can be an introduction to something interesting you do that most others do not, it can be a facet of your personality that makes you feel different (whether that is in a good way or not), it can be a job you do that you love or hate (or both)--anything you like, so long as it helps me to learn something about you that isn't already on my rosters.  Therefore, try to avoid talking about yourself strictly as a student.

Also, remember to use your best writing skills:  develop good, sound sentences; use your best vocabulary; write to impress me.  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.

If you are undertaking this exercise at the end of the first class period, 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.  If you are completing this exercise on the second class period, please take no more than 10 minutes, maximum.

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Last Updated: 01/13/2016


Karl J. Sherlock
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