Your essay should be one to two pages in length. Choose one of the questions posed for the lecture. If you have an idea for an essay that does not relate to one of the questions, email it to me for approval.
Your essay will have an introduction, a paragraph for each point of your argument and a conclusion. A great rule of thumb for essays is "tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them." Thus your introduction will state your thesis or what you are going to argue and perhaps give some background about why you choose a particular question or topic.
In your essays you are constructing an argument. Your statement in your introduction needs to be supported in the body of the essay. Choose two or three points to argue. State the point and offer convincing evidence to back it up. Your conclusion wraps up the argument or offers a final summary of your points. I am looking for your ability to analyze and synthesize material presented in lectures combined with your own thoughts and original ideas.
Use complete and grammatically correct sentences. Check your spelling - even if you use a spell checker on a computer you need to read it over for spelling errors computers miss. If you can, have someone else read your work for clarity and understanding. If you are unsure about writing essays, contact the Writing Center in the Schultz Library for help.
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