Pollution writing assignment

Due: February 11, 2016

http://msdprojectwin.org/portals/0/Images/sanitary_sewer_overflow_with_caption.pngStudents are assigned to write an expository writing paper on your neighborhood pollution.  Should fines be larger for trash thrown out of a car window or blown out of a truck?  Or should taxes be increased on gas to pay for more trash pickup close to streams or rivers?  When it rains heavy in Louisville, the sewer overflows into the river and signs are posted near the river warning citizens about the dangers of swimming in the water after heavy rain. http://msdprojectwin.org/About-Us/Louisvilles-Sewer-Overflows.aspx  Travel further into the state and straight pipes become more common. A strait pipe is a pipe connected to the sewer that flows straight into the stream without being treated.  Also, septic tanks can be located close to streams that Text Box:                   Kentucky Straight Pipehttp://kyheadwaters.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/kydow-straight_pipe1.jpgcause bacteria levels to be high in streams throughout the year.   http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article44484225.html
Recently the Federal government made a new law preventing the manufacture of plastic beads used in shampoo and other cleaning products.  http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/30/health/obama-bans-microbeads/?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool&iref=obnetwork   This law will impact your neighborhood, in terms of the price of cleaning products and their effectiveness without the aid of beads.  Also, the sewer system will be affected by this new rule, thus preventing excess inorganic waste from being dumped in the rivers after heavy rain.  The writer should examine their neighborhood for pollution and discuss where it is found and what should be done to clean it up.  Pictures should be taken to document the problem.  Pollution affects property values and the health of those living in the neighborhood. http://wfpl.org/cane-run-power-plant-neighbors-sue-lge-over-coal-ash/  Those living close to the LG&E coal power plant on Dixie highway have voiced their http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/f576ae7a431d5cce508a562fd3813078a265c6bc/c=0-112-1333-1889&r=537&c=0-0-534-712/local/-/media/Louisville/2015/01/23/B9315963197Z.1_20150123102923_000_GKF9OE13S.1-0.jpgconcern over coal dust in the local media.  Therefore, this is your chance to identify pollution and start the process to clean it up.

 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.
Thinking About the Writing Prompt
ebola1Taking 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. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Organizer for Expository/Persuasive Writing
This organizer is useful for many types of writing, including expository and persuasive essays. Use the thesis statement from the Respond exercise and the ideas from the Record and Review exercises to complete the graphic organizer. You may add additional Supporting Ideas and Details as necessary.

Introductory Paragraph/Thesis Statement:
Concluding Paragraph/Restatement of Thesis:
Supporting Idea:
Supporting Idea:
Supporting Idea:

Concluding Paragraph/Restatement of Thesis: submit to  https://turnitin.com/t_home.asp?lang=en_us#
Main Idea  (50 points)
□ The subject matter I chose is appropriate for the prompt.
Supporting Details  (50 points)
□ The details I include are clearly related to the subject matter. Picture of student associated with the topic.
□ 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.