1. First, pick between one and three examples (we will call them texts), from outside of the course, of good, bad, and/or beautiful writing and/or multimedia creation. This is about your opinion.
2. Once you have your texts (your examples from #1, above) gathered, use them to write an essay that explains why/ how/ in what ways your texts reflect your definitions of good, bad, and/or beautiful writing and/or multimedia creation.
3. This essay will need to make an argument, which means your thesis will need to make an argument, too: you have to make your case about the texts you selected in #1 and persuade your reader that your opinion is valid. It is not enough just to say something is good, or bad, or beautiful, or somehow a combination of these three categories of judgment. You have to say and explain specifically why and how, too.
4. You need to have direct quotations and use specific evidence from the examples you choose to support your claim about why a text is good (and/or bad, and/or beautiful).
5. Your essay should be at least two and a half full pages double-spaced (for a “C” grade), and it needs to follow MLA style guidelines. Your essay file must be formatted in pdf or Word file format only.
6. You need to cite all texts (from #1) you choose in a Works Cited page you include at the end of your essay.
Essay One Template
- Start with a hook to get the readers attention and interest. You could ask a question, tell a quick story, or talk generally about what an excellent poem, advertisement, story, article, song, etc., consists of, so long as you engage your reader.
- Give a brief and general summary of your subject matter and topic. List each work youll use by author and title.
- List your main points for the body paragraphs very briefly: include a brief explanation of the evaluative criteria you will use (so, spell out clearly what makes a work good, bad, and/or beautiful).
- End the introduction with the thesis statement. You should make it clear that you are evaluating the work(s).
For each point, follow the same kind of pattern, unless you are using the block-by-block method for a comparison. A main point may encompass several paragraphs: as long as all of this pattern is covered by the end of the final paragraph for each point, everything is fine:
- Use a transition, and state the point in a topic sentence. (Example: First, a good article is interesting and engaging to the readers.)
- Explain further what you mean by what you said in the topic sentence.
- Prove your point by giving examples and explaining. Include specific examples and direct quotations from your selection(s).
- Show you are fair and balanced by acknowledging other points of view, when appropriate.
- Return your reader to the conclusion that your interpretation and evaluation is valuable, because even though you acknowledge other points of view, your point is valid and supportable by the evidence (support, proof) provided in this point.
- Summarize point/reason (restate it in other words).
- Transition and introduce the new point/reason.
- Follow the same pattern for the next point, etc.
- Summarize thesis and points/reasons
- Put the ideas in your paper in a larger perspective (think about the larger context of your ideas, this debate, this perspective, these methods for evaluation, etc.)
- Write a final sentence which actually closes the essay and signals the end, without using the phrase in conclusion.
- Write your separate Works Cited page and cite all sources you used for the essay, including the selection or selections you evaluate.
- Include the Works Cited page at the end of the essay.
- Check to make sure quotations are integrated well, and make sure in-text citations (also known as “parenthetical documentation”) are correct.
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