Homeuniversity of louisville archive.jpgText Box: Figure 1 Hemp harvested in Kentucky and taxed by the state.

Exposiotry writing assignment on Hemp.

Students are assigned to write an expository writing paper detailing the reasons that caused Hemp production to become illegal to grow in Kentucky and surrounding states. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/dope/etc/cron.html  Much of science concerns studying plants and animals to find new medicines or products with the objective to produce greater tax liberties and a better life.  http://www.ncsl.org/research/agriculture-and-rural-development/state-industrial-hemp-statutes.aspx#KY  Colorado has chosen to legalize Cannabis, thus creating a new biotechnology health sector.   Cannabis Science Inc. develops pharmaceutical products.  It is laying a solid foundation for entrance into the FDA and other government regulatory agencies for developing medicines for cancer, autism, influenza, and PTSD.  Cannabis Science was founded on February 29, 1996 and is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO.  http://money.cnn.com/quote/profile/profile.html?symb=CBIS   The objective of this writing assignment is to examine the law concerning why the production of hemp was made illegal.  The writer needs to list five reasons why hemp production and Cannabis production are illegal in Kentucky and surrounding states.  CBIS is a small company with only eighty million dollars in capital, so to promote its current success as a reason to promote changing the law would produce Industrial_Hemp_Products.jpgdubious consequences.  http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CCD/introsheets/hemp.pdf
The objective of the writing assignment concerns educating the student about the current decisions being made, and then communicating that information to their audience.  The writer is not trying to convince the audience of being for or against Hemp production, since expository writing is explanatory. You select information from oral, written, or electronic text and organize it to show that you understand a concept. Expository writing is the type of writing you create for term papers, essays, or letters.  The main reason Hemp production became illegal was concern over misuse of Cannabis, and to promote that agenda would produce a persuasive writing paper and the student receiving a zero for the paper.  http://www.kentuckyhempgca.org/2013/04/kentucky-history/    Examine the information being written about Hemp, and explain why they are for or against production.  http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20131213/BUSINESS/312140049/Kentucky-likely-won-t-lead-nation-hemp,
Text Box: Figure 2 In the past Hemp was grown in Kentucky because of its fiber strength.

Thinking About the Writing Prompt
Taking time to think about the prompt and to plan your writing will improve the quality of your final essay. Planning can help you compose a more organized, polished response. Use this guide to plan your composition.
1. Read the prompt carefully and restate it in your own words. Think specifically about what the prompt is asking you to do (for example, make an argument, tell a story, or explain a process).________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. After you have thought about the prompt and it is clear what you’re being asked to do, write one or two sentences describing your initial reaction to the prompt. This may be the basis for your thesis statement, or the main idea of your essay. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Read the reminder list (questions to ask about the prompt) that follows the prompt. (If you are still unclear about the prompt, the list may help you better understand it.) Think about those items that you have particular trouble with and write them down. Explain how to avoid those mistakes in your writing. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Brainstorm ideas, details, or information to support your response to the prompt. You may use a brainstorming technique such as freewriting, making a list, or creating a web.  Record anything that comes to mind.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5. Review the things you wrote as you brainstormed. What ideas support your thesis statement?
What details add information to those supporting ideas? Underline or highlight the ideas and details you plan to use in your composition. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
6. There are many ways to organize your ideas. You may wish to use a visual representation such as a web, an outline, or a chart. The graphic organizers that follow are some examples of ways to structure your ideas. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Concluding Paragraph/Restatement of Thesis:

Main Idea  (50 points)
□ The subject matter I chose is appropriate for the prompt and contains work cited references at the bottom of the page.
Supporting Details  (50 points)
□ The details I include are clearly related to the subject matter. Picture of student associated with the topic.  Use the insert caption icon to describe the picture.  Do not place a picture in the article without a description.
□ I include enough details to support my main idea. Picture of topic.  Use pixlr.com to alter the picture 30%.

Organization (50 points)
□ My composition has a strong beginning, a well-developed middle, and an effective ending.
□ My essay follows a clear, logical progression.
Coherence  ( 50 points)
□ I establish relationships between ideas in my composition.
□ I use transitional words and phrases, parallel structure, and other techniques to connect sentences and paragraphs.
□ I use effective sentence structure and word choice. Write in complete sentences.
• Write coherent and well-developed paragraphs.
• Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. Punctuation includes questions, exclamation marks, and commas to deliver an exciting writing piece.

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