Essay Cycle #2
F&R: Florence Hartley, “Politeness” OR
Abraham Lincoln, “The Gettysburg Address” OR
Henry David Thoreau, “Simplify, Simplify” OR
Woodrow Wilson, “What is Liberty?”
Two relatively recent texts of your choosing acquired from our library databases (more on this at our library visit)
Create an effective inquiry essay by taking the following steps:
Read all four of the selected texts from our Freedom & Responsibility reader.
Choose one of these texts and explore a theme or topic in that text that interests you.
Visit the library during our class visit and search for recent publications that relate to/support/negate that theme or topic. Send any that look promising to yourself via email.
Read and annotate those additional sources.
Create a tentative thesis that presents an idea or opinion based on the F&R text, which is supported, further explored, or argued against in your additional database research.
Create an essay that offers this idea or opinion, explains, and summarizes the original F&R text, and expounds upon it by synthesizing it with the additional research you have completed.
This essay should:
Have a clear thesis statement, be clear, give specific examples, and avoid over-generalizing the main points made.
Include an introduction, main body, and conclusion.
Incorporate the elements of Academic Writing as discussed in class.
Incorporate MLA style formatting (see “Submission Guidelines”).
Incorporate in-text documentation when outside sources are included.
Include a Works Cited page with three entries.
As discussed in class, here are the steps you will want to follow (please see calendar for due dates):
Proposal and Outline
Peer Review Workshop
Grammar & Mechanics Workshop
Submit your draft to the Writing Center for feedback
Revise and proofread based on all of the feedback received and incorporate changes suggested
For Final Draft submission, in your folder, please include:
On the left side:
(Together worth 5 points)
On the right side:
(Worth 10 points)
**Consult your syllabus for due dates for both rough and final drafts.**
Length: 3-4 pages
For all submissions, the following MLA guidelines will apply:
Size 12 font
Font to be one of the following: Ariel, Times New Roman, Calibri
Spacing: 2.0 (please no single spacing)
Margins: 1” all around
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