January 28, 2008 Archives
In the space at the bottom of this page, type a brief quotation from the assigned readings, including the page number, and in just a sentence or two, identify what you think is worth discussing. I've started out below.
A diagnostic essay (about 500 words). Focus on one specific event that illustrates a specific point about your personal relationship with English, for the benefit of the reader. Submit it by uploading it to Turnitin.com. (I will e-mail instructions for signing up.)
- You can write about anything at all that has to do with English and you -- it doesn't have to relate to the other reading that's due today.
- All I ask is that you stick to one good topic, rather than list a bunch of things that compete with each other for the reader's attention.
Feel free to write in a personal voice, but note that an essay should have a shape -- with a beginning that raises a non-obvious point, a middle that builds a case for that point, and a conclusion that moves beyond "Therefore, in this paper I have [repeat introduction here]."
Your textbooks for Basic Comp and/or Seminar in Thinking and Writing will have useful information on how to write a personal essay.