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WR 080 / 090 / 115 Scott: WR 115: Explore a Theme

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:


  1. Read all four of the selected texts from our Freedom & Responsibility reader.

  2. Choose one of these texts and explore a theme or topic in that text that interests you.

  3. 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.

  4. Read and annotate those additional sources.

  5. 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.

  6. 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):


  1. Prewrite

  2. Proposal and Outline

  3. Draft

  4. Peer Review Workshop

  5. Grammar & Mechanics Workshop

  6. Submit your draft to the Writing Center for feedback

  7. 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)

  1. In-Class writing #3 on your chosen F&R text

  2. Both of your texts collected from the library visit, with annotations

  3. Prewrite

  4. Proposal & Outline

  5. Draft(s)

  6. Completed Grammar Workshop sheet

  7. Completed Peer Review sheet

  8. Proof of your Writing Center visit

  1. Final Draft

  2. This assignment packet


Submission Guidelines


**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:

    • Typed

  • 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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