In general, landmark status is defined by some combination of features, including dominance of visible, natural, or built form, such as the Eiffel Tower or Niagara Falls; outstanding color, shape, extent, such as the Kremlin; functional significance as with the Golden Gate Bridge; symbolic significant as with the Blarney Stone in Ireland; or historical significant such as the place where the Battle of Gettysburg was fought. Sometimes natural features (e.g. mountains, volcanoes, deep canyons, waterfalls, or reefs) attract enough attention to label phenomena as a landmark. (Note that natural features need not be restricted to a single point in space, as with the Great Barrier Reef). Sometimes it is a part of the built environment that catches attention – such as the Kremlin, Notre Dame Cathedral, or the Sydney Opera House. Sometimes it is a feature of the cognitive environment that produces landmark status, as with an image of the beaches of South Africa or the perceived ruggedness or grandeur of the Himalayas.
Prompt: Write a five-paragraph essay on one of the famous landmarks identified by the teacher. Make sure the paper includes the following:
Introductory Paragraph: Effective, well-developed hook and thesis included.
1. Body Paragraph One: A clear physical description of the landmark, including color, shape, size, and other physical features.
2. Body Paragraph Two: A summary of the history of the landmark.
3. Body Paragraph Three: The functional and/or symbolic significance of the landmark.
Concluding Paragraph: Including restatement of the thesis, summary of the body, and a positive conclusion.
Follow all the rules of academic essay writing:
• Research: Find salient information on the landmark on the Internet. Read all information and highlight information you would like to include in your paper.
• Content: Make sure the content is clear and specific.
• Organization: Use the prescribed rhetoric in the prompt above.
• Development: Develop paragraphs with clear, descriptive word choice, effective sentence, clause, and phrase structure, as well as appropriate and varied logical connectors.
• Mechanics: Make the format, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization perfect.
• Be erudite in your use of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting!