Justification Paper (Color) Example #2
Green: A Connection to My Values

    I am fond of many colors, but the color green has a particularly special significance in my life. The color Kelly green comes immediately to mind because it is associated with my ethnic and cultural heritage.  My parents are first-generation Irish Americans who immigrated to the United States as children.  Their homeland Ireland is commonly referred to as the Emerald Isle, because it is so rich and lush in vegetation, due to the high rainfall.  Furthermore, the symbol for Ireland is a bright green shamrock, representing good luck.  The lucky shamrock, or four-leaf clover, can be seen throughout the US decorating cards, restaurants, and clothing during the week of March 17, when Irish Americans and their friends celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland.
    Another equally important reason why I value the color green is that I associate it with my favorite hobby, walking and hiking in nature.  Because I spend considerable time indoors doing homework, doing chores, and other family stuff, I look forward to enjoying some relaxing time outdoors every day. The majestic oak trees in my area always provide me with a peaceful environment to recharge my mind.
    In conclusion, although I don't wear green very often, or even decorate my room with green things, it still is the most significant color in my personal life because it reminds me of my family, my heritage, and my appreciation for nature.

0    1    2    3    4    a) Does the title prepare the reader for the specific topic and content?
0    1    2    3    4    (2x)b) Does the first sentence(s) clearly state the topic and main idea?
0    1    2    3    4    c) Do the following sentences give specific reasons?
0    1    2    3    4    (2x)d) Is enough commentary (details, explanation, examples) provided to help
                                        you understand each of the writer's reasons?
0    1    2    3    4    e) Are all of the supporting sentences relevant?
0    1    2    3    4    f) Are transition words used to introduce and connect ideas?
0    1    2    3    4    g) Are the sentences written in a logical, easy-to-follow way?
0    1    2    3    4    h) Are conjunctions used to connect ideas?
0    1    2    3    4    i) Does the essay end with an appropriate concluding statement?
0    1    2    3    4    j) Does the essay contain at least 3 academic words?
0    1    2    3    4    k) Are the words spelled correctly?
0    1    2    3    4    l) Is the essay free of fragments and run-ons?
0    1    2    3    4    m) Is the punctuation correct?