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MY ASSIGNED OLYMPIC YEAR

Game  Year  Location

  X  1932  United States Los Angeles,
United States

**This project will be scanned through several plagiarism
websites, PLEASE be careful when writing this. **

Project 2: Descriptive
Essay | Olympic Year

Instructions:  A major component to your course is to
highlight and describe in detail an assigned Olympic year.  Every Olympics
in history has had a story; one dealing with politics, scandal, cultural
significance and identity, and or terrorism.  In 3 cases, the Olympic
Games we cancelled due to World Wars I & II.  You are being asked to
tell the story of your assigned year through a descriptive essay.

 The minimum
requirements is 800 words (2 pages –or- 5 paragraphs) and the Maximum is 1200
words (4 pages –or- 10 paragraphs).

You are required to
discuss:

  • Demographics: (i.e., participation breakdown, events,
    logistics, etc.)

  • Any
    major or significant element
    : (political issue, cheating scandal, terrorism, etc.)

  • The
    cultural significance
    : (cultural
    significance of the location, opening/closing ceremonies dealing with cultural
    identity, logos or mascots and the cultural identity significance, or any
    particular athletes or events overwhelmingly won by a certain country because
    of the cultural and regional significance, language, food, religions, politics,
    etc, of host country)

    Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of
    a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion,
    cuisine, social habits, sport, music and arts.

  • The
    story: 
    (what or who was the
    story (standout) of your games? Why was it significant? What history was
    broken?)

  • Closing

    What is a descriptive
    essay?

    The descriptive essay
    is a genre of essay that asks the student to describe something—object, person,
    place, experience, emotion, situation, etc. This genre encourages
    the student’s ability to create a written account of a particular experience
    through knowledge or research – immersion in the topic. What is more, this
    genre allows for a great deal of artistic freedom (the goal of which is to
    paint an image that is vivid in the mind of the reader).

    Here are some

  • Brainstorm
    & Research

    For instance, if you
    choose pizza, you might start by writing down a few words: sauce, cheese,
    crust, pepperoni, sausage, spices, hot, melted, etc. Once you have written down
    some words, you can begin by compiling descriptive lists for each one.

  • Use
    Clear & Concise Language.

    This means that words
    are chosen carefully, particularly for their relevancy in relation to that
    which you are intending to describe.

  • Choose
    Vivid Language.

    Why use horse when
    you can choose stallion? Why not use tempestuous instead
    of violent? Or why not miserly in place of cheap?
    Such choices form a firmer image in the mind of the reader and often times
    offer nuanced meanings that serve better one’s purpose.

  • Leave
    A Clear Impression.

    One of your goals is
    to evoke a strong sense of familiarity and appreciation in the reader. If your
    reader can walk away from the essay craving the very pizza you just described,
    you are on your way to writing effective descriptive essays.

  • Be
    Organized!

    It is easy to fall
    into an incoherent rambling of emotions and senses when writing a descriptive
    essay. However, you must strive to present an organized and logical description
    if the reader is to come away from the essay with a cogent sense of what it is
    you are attempting to describe.

    GRADING RUBRIC

Descriptive Essay Rubric |
Olympic Games

Rough Draft

CATEGORY

100 points

70

0

Points Earned

Points Possible

Rough Draft

Rough draft was completed and brought to
class on date due

All required
sections of rough draft were completed

An incomplete rough
draft was brought to class on date due

No rough draft was
brought to class on date due

100

Comments:

Final Draft

CATEGORY

CONCEPTS

Points Earned

Points Possible

Format

(at least 5
paragraphs, 800 words, photograph or painting attached)

· 
Meets length requirements and formatting guidelines

· 
Copy of painting or photograph is attached

· 
Rubric is attached to essay.

· 
Essay is completed on time.

(20 points)

Meets length requirements, rubric is
attached, but no

copy of painting or photograph is attached

(16 points)

Does not meet length or formatting
requirements, Rubric may or may not be attached, Photograph or painting not
attached

(13 points)

20

CATEGORY

CONCEPTS

Points Earned

Points Possible

Title

Creative title reflects the content of the
essay and captures the reader’s attention

(18-20 points)

Title is present but does not particularly
reflect the content of the essay

(16-17 points)

Title is present but is generic, does not
reflect the content of the essay

(14-15 points)

The title makes no attempt to reflect the
content of the essay

(13 points or less)

20

Introduction

Introductory paragraph clearly states
subject of essay and captures reader’s attention.  Your thesis statement
clearly shows your  conclusions about the meaning that the work seems to
convey.

(27-30 points)

Introductory paragraph states subject of
essay but is not particularly inviting to the reader. Thesis need more
development to clearly convey the meaning of the work

(24-26 points)

Introductory paragraph attempts to state
subject of essay but does not capture reader’s attention. Thesis need more
development to clearly convey the meaning of the work

(21 -23 points)

No attempt is made to state the subject of
the essay in an introductory paragraph. Thesis statement about meaning of
work is missing

(20 points or less)

30

Details

Essay includes details that appeal to five
of the five senses (taste, touch, sound, sight, smell).

75 points

Includes details that appeal to four of
 the five senses

60 points

Includes details that appeal to three of the
five senses.

50 points

Includes no details that appeal to two or
one of the five senses.

40 points or less

75

CATEGORY

CONCEPTS

Points Earned

Points Possible

Word Choice

Writer uses vivid words and phrases; words
help reader understand and appreciate the photograph or painting.

36 -40 points

Writer describes the photograph or painting
with detail and makes an attempt to explain its meaning but the description
is incomplete.

32-35 points

Writer describes the photograph or painting
but does not explain the meaning that it conveys

28-31 points

Writer uses a limited vocabulary that does
not communicate strongly  what is in the painting or photograph. There
is no description of the meaning of the painting

30 points or less.

40

Grammar,

Spelling,
Capitalization, & Punctuation

There are 2 or less errors in grammar,
spelling, capitalization, or punctuation.

(27-30 points)

There are more than
2 errors; however, these errors do not distract the reader.(24-26 points)

There are errors that distract the reader.

(21 -23 points)

There are serious
errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding of the essay. (20
points or less)

30

Conclusion

Conclusion wraps up and reinforces main
points of essay. Conclusion reinforces the author’s proposed meaning of the
photograph or painting.

(30 points)

Conclusion is

present but needs additional development.

(24 points)

Conclusion does not reinforce the author’s
proposed meaning of the photograph or painting.

(20 points)

Conclusion is missing.

(0 points)

30

Total Points

245

Rough Draft Points

100

 Comments:

MY ASSIGNED OLYMPIC YEAR

Game  Year  Location

  X  1932  United States Los Angeles,
United States

**This project will be scanned through several plagiarism
websites, PLEASE be careful when writing this. **

Project 2: Descriptive
Essay | Olympic Year

Instructions:  A major component to your course is to
highlight and describe in detail an assigned Olympic year.  Every Olympics
in history has had a story; one dealing with politics, scandal, cultural
significance and identity, and or terrorism.  In 3 cases, the Olympic
Games we cancelled due to World Wars I & II.  You are being asked to
tell the story of your assigned year through a descriptive essay.

 The minimum
requirements is 800 words (2 pages –or- 5 paragraphs) and the Maximum is 1200
words (4 pages –or- 10 paragraphs).

You are required to
discuss:

  • Demographics: (i.e., participation breakdown, events,
    logistics, etc.)

  • Any
    major or significant element
    : (political issue, cheating scandal, terrorism, etc.)

  • The
    cultural significance
    : (cultural
    significance of the location, opening/closing ceremonies dealing with cultural
    identity, logos or mascots and the cultural identity significance, or any
    particular athletes or events overwhelmingly won by a certain country because
    of the cultural and regional significance, language, food, religions, politics,
    etc, of host country)

    Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of
    a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion,
    cuisine, social habits, sport, music and arts.

  • The
    story: 
    (what or who was the
    story (standout) of your games? Why was it significant? What history was
    broken?)

  • Closing

    What is a descriptive
    essay?

    The descriptive essay
    is a genre of essay that asks the student to describe something—object, person,
    place, experience, emotion, situation, etc. This genre encourages
    the student’s ability to create a written account of a particular experience
    through knowledge or research – immersion in the topic. What is more, this
    genre allows for a great deal of artistic freedom (the goal of which is to
    paint an image that is vivid in the mind of the reader).

    Here are some

  • Brainstorm
    & Research

    For instance, if you
    choose pizza, you might start by writing down a few words: sauce, cheese,
    crust, pepperoni, sausage, spices, hot, melted, etc. Once you have written down
    some words, you can begin by compiling descriptive lists for each one.

  • Use
    Clear & Concise Language.

    This means that words
    are chosen carefully, particularly for their relevancy in relation to that
    which you are intending to describe.

  • Choose
    Vivid Language.

    Why use horse when
    you can choose stallion? Why not use tempestuous instead
    of violent? Or why not miserly in place of cheap?
    Such choices form a firmer image in the mind of the reader and often times
    offer nuanced meanings that serve better one’s purpose.

  • Leave
    A Clear Impression.

    One of your goals is
    to evoke a strong sense of familiarity and appreciation in the reader. If your
    reader can walk away from the essay craving the very pizza you just described,
    you are on your way to writing effective descriptive essays.

  • Be
    Organized!

    It is easy to fall
    into an incoherent rambling of emotions and senses when writing a descriptive
    essay. However, you must strive to present an organized and logical description
    if the reader is to come away from the essay with a cogent sense of what it is
    you are attempting to describe.

    GRADING RUBRIC

Descriptive Essay Rubric |
Olympic Games

Rough Draft

CATEGORY

100 points

70

0

Points Earned

Points Possible

Rough Draft

Rough draft was completed and brought to
class on date due

All required
sections of rough draft were completed

An incomplete rough
draft was brought to class on date due

No rough draft was
brought to class on date due

100

Comments:

Final Draft

CATEGORY

CONCEPTS

Points Earned

Points Possible

Format

(at least 5
paragraphs, 800 words, photograph or painting attached)

· 
Meets length requirements and formatting guidelines

· 
Copy of painting or photograph is attached

· 
Rubric is attached to essay.

· 
Essay is completed on time.

(20 points)

Meets length requirements, rubric is
attached, but no

copy of painting or photograph is attached

(16 points)

Does not meet length or formatting
requirements, Rubric may or may not be attached, Photograph or painting not
attached

(13 points)

20

CATEGORY

CONCEPTS

Points Earned

Points Possible

Title

Creative title reflects the content of the
essay and captures the reader’s attention

(18-20 points)

Title is present but does not particularly
reflect the content of the essay

(16-17 points)

Title is present but is generic, does not
reflect the content of the essay

(14-15 points)

The title makes no attempt to reflect the
content of the essay

(13 points or less)

20

Introduction

Introductory paragraph clearly states
subject of essay and captures reader’s attention.  Your thesis statement
clearly shows your  conclusions about the meaning that the work seems to
convey.

(27-30 points)

Introductory paragraph states subject of
essay but is not particularly inviting to the reader. Thesis need more
development to clearly convey the meaning of the work

(24-26 points)

Introductory paragraph attempts to state
subject of essay but does not capture reader’s attention. Thesis need more
development to clearly convey the meaning of the work

(21 -23 points)

No attempt is made to state the subject of
the essay in an introductory paragraph. Thesis statement about meaning of
work is missing

(20 points or less)

30

Details

Essay includes details that appeal to five
of the five senses (taste, touch, sound, sight, smell).

75 points

Includes details that appeal to four of
 the five senses

60 points

Includes details that appeal to three of the
five senses.

50 points

Includes no details that appeal to two or
one of the five senses.

40 points or less

75

CATEGORY

CONCEPTS

Points Earned

Points Possible

Word Choice

Writer uses vivid words and phrases; words
help reader understand and appreciate the photograph or painting.

36 -40 points

Writer describes the photograph or painting
with detail and makes an attempt to explain its meaning but the description
is incomplete.

32-35 points

Writer describes the photograph or painting
but does not explain the meaning that it conveys

28-31 points

Writer uses a limited vocabulary that does
not communicate strongly  what is in the painting or photograph. There
is no description of the meaning of the painting

30 points or less.

40

Grammar,

Spelling,
Capitalization, & Punctuation

There are 2 or less errors in grammar,
spelling, capitalization, or punctuation.

(27-30 points)

There are more than
2 errors; however, these errors do not distract the reader.(24-26 points)

There are errors that distract the reader.

(21 -23 points)

There are serious
errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding of the essay. (20
points or less)

30

Conclusion

Conclusion wraps up and reinforces main
points of essay. Conclusion reinforces the author’s proposed meaning of the
photograph or painting.

(30 points)

Conclusion is

present but needs additional development.

(24 points)

Conclusion does not reinforce the author’s
proposed meaning of the photograph or painting.

(20 points)

Conclusion is missing.

(0 points)

30

Total Points

245

Rough Draft Points

100

 Comments:

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