for ur final essay, please write a critical essay addressing ONE of the questions below. You are welcome to create your own question, but do write to me before you begin to ensure that I have approved your chosen question. Remember that your ANSWER to the question will form your THESIS, and that you must DEFINE the terms of your thesis in your essay as well as provide THREE DIFFERENT MEANS OF PROOF TO SUPPORT YOUR THESIS. Your essay should consider the question from Personal, Practical and Universal directions. You can do this by employing the SEXI method as well as by simply considering personal, practical and universal avenues into your topic before you start writing. Do make sure you incorporate these into your essay at some point. Also think about how you may use rhetoric throughout your essay to make your position more convincing wherever possible 🙂 All of these elements combined together will work to make a stronger essay. You should also note that you will be marked on your correct use of grammar as well as your ability to employ MLA guidelines in the essay, citations and Works Cited page. THIRD ESSAY ASSIGNMENT ANSWER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CRITICAL QUESTIONS: 1. Should English be the world’s International language? 2. Can changing your language change the way you experience your world? 3. Are Chinese Mothers Superior? 4. What is Intelligence? 5. Does Santa Claus exist? 6. Is lying sometimes okay? 7. Does “gender” exist in reality or only in language? 8. Does “race” exist in reality or only in language? FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS: Please note that your essay must adhere to the following instructions: Essay must be in MLA style. Essay must make use of at least ONE critical secondary source (either a reputable article from online, such as from an online news source, or a critical book or journal). This source must be correctly cited in your Works Cited page at the end of the essay. Essay must be at least 2000 -2500 words. Generally: Please follow MLA guidelines. I am attaching them again to this email so you all know precisely what this means. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 Simply put: Make sure you have used Times New Roman font, size 12, and make sure you have the appropriate header on the first page (top left) and your last name and page number on the top right of every page. See the template attached for more information. Also, please do refer to your professors by the title “Dr” or “Prof” just out of respect..at least on the formal submission of your paper, if not in person 😉 Submit and attach a separate Works Cited page which cites any secondary sources you may have used. If you have cited from the poem, you should also cite this on the Works Cited page, even if it’s just a website. When quoting, always provide the significance of the quote. The quote does not stand alone as an explanation of itself. Your job is to provide the interpretation of its relevance to your thesis. DO use quotes to back up what you are saying! Remember the SEXI method. The “Importance” part is the most relevant in helping you develop and prove your thesis. Spend the most time on “Importance”. Make sure your thesis is argumentative – something that can be disputed and is opinion-based. Don’t be afraid of having an opinion. Make sure your thesis is broad enough that it can account for all the nuances and subtleties inherent in a text. Remember to balance the personal, practical and universal in your essay. The SEXI method forces you to do this. Structure your essay so that your intro has a Hook, a Thesis, and THREE ways in which you can prove your thesis. These three signposts should form the content of your body paragraphs. Your essay should account for and contend with all the different possible interpretations that are mentioned in lecture – to show that you are contending with the greatest interpretive queries that surround your chosen poem. Stay in the present tense. Even if an author is long dead, we treat literature as a living thing: “Dickens writes..” “Shakespeare alludes to…” “Faulkner suggests…” etc. This is true of living authors and those no longer with us. This is true of all works of literature. When first referring to an author, refer to their entire name (William Shakespeare). Thereafter, you may refer to the author by last name only (Shakespeare). NEVER refer to an author by their first name! (He’s not William or Bill. He’s Shakespeare! 🙂 When using secondary criticism, try to use someone with whom you DISAGREE rather than relying on a so-called expert to make your case for you. You should use the articles I give you in class to read, but you also need to source ONE of your OWN articles from online or the library. A strong essay is typically contentious and not unwilling to make bold claims and assertions that still account for all sorts of other interpretations in its wake. Account for what others have to say, but still come to your own conclusions.
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