Pick your poison:
1. What is the Argument of your essay?
2. How might you make it more specific, original, compelling, and clear?
3. What will your reader learn from your essay? What is new in your essay?
4. How are you adding to a specific part of the larger conversation on selfies?
5. How are you using your photo? Why is it there? How does it support your essay’s purpose?
6. How does your piece begin and end? How might it do so better?
7. What are your tasks between now and Sunday? How will you schedule them in to your calendar?
After reading Rachel Kolb’s response to David Brooks, please answer the following questions in detail:
1. Describe the strength and weaknesses of Kolb’s argument.
2. How does her piece use logos? Give examples and explain why.
3. Describe Kolb’s intended audience.
4. Why is Kolb’s analysis and argument persuasive? Give examples.
5. Describe the organization of the piece. How does it move from beginning to end? How does it develop its argument?
Here is the Peer Response worksheet we will use for Essay 2.
For our second peer response exercise we will focus on the particular demands of the assignment. Please read the paper carefully, noting wherever you find errors, strengths, questions, etc. Then, on a separate piece of paper, write specific responses to each of the following prompts. You will be graded on your participation and contribution to your writing partner, so please be generous with feedback and work hard at giving specific suggestions.
As you prepare your initial observations for draft form, I offer some questions to help you shape your response and dig deeper into your chosen piece.
For our second paper each of you will write a Narrative essay. Using your textbook’s guide (pages 126-33), select a suitable event you will discuss and describe in 3-4 pages. The more specific your event is, the more you attend to the narrative’s shape and its purpose, the more you will get out of this assignment.
Read carefully the essays in Chapter 5. I strongly recommend you analyze how each author organizes the narrative, chooses details, understands audience, and articulates the essay’s purpose. Any decent narrative essay answers one fundamental question: what happened? The mark of a successful narrative essay, however, lies in its organization.
We will discuss in class how the Narrative essays work and how they create a compelling story by providing the who, what, when, how, and why. We will consider how the narrator either is or is not part of the story; we will watch how authors create tension and characters to devise a plot. We will find the purpose to the essays and how the audience is ideally different after reading the narrative.
Once again, your topic is your choice. If you are having trouble finding an event, use the textbook’s advice (126-27) and make ample use of free-writing. Wander through your history and memories; seek moments that have stuck with you and ask why they have done so. There is almost always a good story in those moments, and they often have a useful purpose.
Be sure to explore the “Templates for Describing” on pages 128-29. Most academic and non-fiction writing relies on preexisting templates: readers expect these and they provide students with a guide to presenting their thoughts. As with learning a sport or musical instrument, beginners learn basic moves to build a foundation. Once you become competent, you then adapt these forms to suit your own skills and personality. The same is true of writing, and I encourage each of you to make use of these templates, at least in the beginning of the writing process.
The goal of this Unit is to produce a three- to four-page paper, using a 12-point font, double-spacing, and one-inch margins, with minimal errors. The first page will have your name, “Essay 3,” your title, and then your paper – nothing else. Please number your pages. The paper must be uploaded to our Blackboard site by the beginning of class on the 14th.
A successful essay will:
This assignment will help you practice gathering and incorporating observations into a coherent narrative. Specifically, the paper will help you:
I will use the following categories and points to determine your grade for Unit 1:
|2 page draft||20|
|2 “For Writing” exercises from 2 different essays||20|
I will use the following rubric to assess your final draft (each category is worth 10 points):
One of the best ways to understand how something works is to take it apart. This is what I want each of you to do with two of the essays we have read for Unit 2 (pages 363-411). Well-wrought essays have a specific shape and organization that support their meaning. They have a clear beginning, middle, and end, and they logically progress from one paragraph to the next. The reader has no trouble understanding the purpose of each paragraph and how it relates to the larger structure.
For this assignment, I ask that you pick two essays and break it down into its individual pieces. Many of us in high school were asked to create outlines before writing the actual essay; here, I am asking you to pull the outline out of the already-written piece. This will offer us an opportunity to see more precisely how an essay works and why it is successful.
To begin: pick your essays and reread them to make sure you understand them well. Take notes on what the purpose of the essay is, how it works, what kinds of evidence it uses, and why it matters to larger conversations (in other words, how does it connect to subjects or discussions beyond the essay’s immediate subject).
Then count the number of paragraphs. This will be the minimum amount of entries you will have in your outline. If the essay had only four paragraphs, you would type the following:I. II. III IV.
After each Roman numeral, you will write the main point of the paragraph. Be specific and details. Do not simply write “introduce topic” for the first paragraph. Describe what it introduces and how it does so. If you wish to break down the paragraph into subsections, you may do so. Remember, however, that the goal in this exercise is to get an arial view or x-ray of the basic structure of the essay. To that end, do not dive too deep into details.
This may be difficult for many of you, and it is a tough exercise if you do not regularly consider the purpose of your own paragraphs and how they work. This takes practice, but it is crucial to developing your writing skills and thriving at the university level. It will also strengthen your critical reading skills.
We will work in class with examples from other sections of your textbook.
This is due Friday, via Blackboard. It should be typed with your name on top.