Essay Writing # 2 November 1, 2012
What topic to pick?
Choose a topic that interests you OR maybe confuses you
A topic that stimulates your imagination and makes you want to talk about it (imagery,
character, development, formal devices
Interest must be infections –you WANT to talk about it
Read the topic carefully to understand what it is asking you to do/not do within a given
word/page limit (DO NOT GO OVER 1000 WORDS –SHE WILL STOP READING)
Personalize the generic topic (snow imagery, the moral fall of a character, the use of repetition,
what formal devices you will focus on) narrow everything.
o Don’t show the topic, show your THESIS
What Text to Use?
Choose a text you understand OR one toward which you have negative reactions (puzzling,
Something YOU want to talk about
Re-read Text with Topic in Mind
GO BACK TO THE TEXT
Underline/take notes in margins or on cards of every element that addresses your chosen topic
Roughly write down ideas as to how the text treats your personalized topics
Why Write a Provisional Thesis
Gets you focus