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Department
English
Course
ENGL124
Professor
Theo Finigan
Semester
Winter

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ESSAY WRITING January 10th 2014 Essay Presentation Two key things: Ideas and writing style Aristotle’s element of good rhetoric: Pathos (emotion), Logos (reasons), Ethos (credibility). ● How you present your information is very important. MLA: modern language association ● A correctly formatted paper should be typed and printed (and stapled) ● Use 12 point size font ● 1 inch margins, indent new paragraphs, double space ● Pages should have a page number in header with last name ● Top left (not in header): Name, Professor’s name, course (including section), date submission ● Title: directly under submission details, centred (not bolded or underlined), should include some mention of the topic, author(s), and text(s) ○ Ex. “Interesting quotation from text”: Essay Keywords in “Title of Texts You Are Discussing” ● Referring to other texts ○ Novels, films, anthology (larger texts), use italics ○ Short stories, poems, essays, use quotation marks ○ When you quote another text you must give information about it ○ Follow each quotation with: (Author PG/Lines) ○ Ex. The conclusion of the text is repetition of its beginning: “There were once two little girls who saw, or believed they saw, a thing in a forest” (Byatt 317) ■ If you mention that author’s name in the sentence you don’t have to include it in the citation. ● “Works Cited” page ○ bibliography, at end of essay ○ separate page ○ It is cross­referenced by author surname ○ Author name (last,first), title of text, editor (if necessary), publication details (place, publisher, date), Page numbers (if necessary, ex: poem in a collection), Medium (print, web, dvd) Author Surname, First name. Ed. Name. Title. Place: Publisher, date. Pages.       Medium. January 17th Thesis Statements Introduce your text early on, include a short summary of the text ● Don’t over generalize. Your introduction should be general, but still specific to the text and the topic. ● Terms to avoid: ○ individuals, people, one ○ society, culture, literature ○ writers in general, the author’s life ○ human beings ● Instead use: ○ specific characters ○ the text ○ language, literary techniques ○ specific cultures Introduction: get to the point ● Your first couple sentences should be fairly specific (“In [Author’s] [text], _____”) ● Be concrete (ex. draw reader in with a quotation from text) ● Describe the topic (briefly) ○ brief summary of texts main concerns/ a description of a problem or question the text raises/ a specific cultural context ● Include your main sub­points, sense of where the essay will go and therefore how the thesis will be proven Thesis Statement ● single main idea, main claim essay will try to prove ● 1 or 2 sentences ● relates to all the main points of your argument ● Specific, clear, well organized ● Original, significant, arguable ○ not immediately obvious ● Thesis template: “They Say/I Say” → pretend you are refuting someone elses idea ○ specify a commonplace, boring, or obvious position on your topic, suggest a more complex, subtle, or counterintuitive position that goes against what “everyone” thinks. Paragraph ● Functions: ○ develop, give evidence to support thesis ○ Organization (divid ideas up) ○ Keep reader interested and attentive ● Characteristics ○ Number & Size: around 3 to 5 body paragraph, paragraphs should be ½ page to 1 page, (any shorter and you’re no
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