Describe a subcultural activity that you do that may be unfamiliar to the general reader; it could be a hobby, an interest, a unique talent or some tradition you share with your family, friends or an online community.

Describe a subcultural activity that you do that may be unfamiliar to the general reader; it could be a hobby, an interest, a unique talent or some tradition you share with your family, friends or an online community. Although you may use elements of personal narrative to familiarize your reader with your subcultural interest, your main objective is to use description, definition and illustration to inform the reader about the subculture. Assume you are writing an outline of this activity to a general, nonacademic audience, who are seeking information on your subculture, not just a personal story. Use clear language and examples about your subculture to answer the main questions underlying a description (who? what? when? where?) and an analysis (how? why?). In your conclusion, summarize why this activity is important for “outsiders” to understand.Your paper should be no less than two pages, typed (a minimum of 500 words) using a standard font (like Times New Roman) in 12-point, double-spaced with standard 1” margins on all sides. You will turn the paper in to the “Assessments”  “Assignments”  “Essay 2” folder on the class Blackboard site.This paper is worth 10 points of your final grade and is due by class time on Wednesday, September 15.
Grading Rubric:10/9 points = the essay uses clear descriptions and detail (including definitions), using vivid language and relevant examples that effectively convey a main idea to the reader. The essay has few if any grammar/mechanics errors.8/7 points = the essay stays on topic but may be missing essential descriptive elements or be presented more as a narrative than an extended definition or illustration. Some details may lack clarity, context or relevance. The essay may lack a clear sense of organization or have glaring grammar and mechanics issues.6/5 points = the essay does not focus on description but is instead a general overview or personal narrative about the topic without clear or relevant details. The body paragraphs may not be clearly organized or have numerous grammar and mechanics issues, making the essay difficult to understand.4 points and below = the essay does not use elements of description or definition or have a relevant point, with numerous grammar/mechanics errors distracting from the essay’s content.
Essay Objectives:After successfully completing this assignment, you should be able to:Gather relevant details through firsthand observation that help a reader understand an activity or a larger concept connected to that activityWrite effective paragraphs that both describe and analyzeSelect and elaborate on relevant details and create and/or apply accurate definitionsDescribe and analyze your subject and adopt a structure and approach that best supports one main idea
Essay 2 Prewriting Questions and Strategies:What is a hobby or activity that you engage in that may not be “mainstream”? What makes this activity unique and how has it played a role in your life?
How can you best describe this activity? What parts of the activity need explanation to “outsiders”? What specialized terms are known in your subculture but need to be defined for the general reader?
Assume you are writing to an audience who have a general knowledge of your personal or subcultural activity, but lack specific details about the overall experience. How will you organize your impressions into essay form? How can you use elements of academic writing like topic sentences and transitions to keep the reader focused on the topic at hand and avoid overwhelming the reader with disorganized or irrelevant details?