I’m trying to study for my English course and I need some help to understand this question.
length = 500-750 words
Topic = Who are you? What would the movie of your life contain? Are you a future millionaire, like Zuckerberg? A person who has dealt with a lot of -isms? (racism, sexism, ageism…) A person who needs to learn and practice self-love, like Alice Walker in her essay? A person who “lives in a [protective] bubble,” like Canedy’s son (886)? An artist or a lover of the arts, like Luken’s father? How has your environment impacted you? (These are references to the essay readings listed on the syllabus, weeks 1-4.)
Start by looking over the list of “I ams…” you created for your first discussion board post. Look for a common thread. Perhaps you’ve figured out that you are quite adventurous, or ambitious, or cautious, or in a rut. Now it’s time to come up with your thesis (which will be the last sentence of your introductory paragraph). Something like “I am a go-getter who’s done more in eighteen years than most people.” Or “I have been living in my sister’s shadow, and it’s time for me to make a name for myself.”
I see at least two options for the structure of this narrative essay. One is to tell a different brief anecdote in each body paragraph, all related to your theme. Or just tell one big story that illustrates the point you are trying to make. Maybe you come up with a third option?
E-mail me the thesis of your essay one when you’ve decided on what it will be. I’ll send you some feedback.
If you’re not sure what to put in your introduction besides ending it with your thesis, look at our textbook, pp. 678-81. Also, look at how some of the authors in our book start their essays. I think a conversation would be fun, or a dramatic scene. Maybe a series of thought-provoking questions…
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Checklist for your writing—the essay . . .
____focuses on an inviting subject, and creates a main impression
____contains a variety of supporting information (sensory details, memory details, and so on) ____informs and/or entertains the reader
____includes an engaging beginning, strong development, and an effective ending
____forms a meaningful whole, moving smoothly from one main point to the next.
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____contains specific nouns, vivid verbs, and colorful modifiers
____captures the subject’s ideas and feelings in dialogue
PROPER ESSAY FORMAT: Please use this as a model for the first page of all your essays. Also see Everyone’s p. 574 as a model. Opont 1
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Sample introduction with thesis underlined: “Don’t touch that pan. It’s hot,” my mom would say right before I burned my hand for the umpteenth time. “Talk again without raising your hand” invariably led to my sitting at my desk in the classroom with my teacher while my friends went out to play during recess. It’s not that I don’t listen; it’s that I am primarily a kinesthetic learner. Fortunately, as I’ve aged, I’ve developed into a visual learner, and reading a vast array of personal development books has saved my life. I THINK I WOULD FOCUS EACH BODY PARAGRAPH ON A DIFFERENT BOOK AND WHAT I LEARNED FROM IT AND HOW I USED THIS INFO. IN A SPECIFIC SIUATION.