Author:
Mary Crosby
Subject:
Literature, Composition and Rhetoric
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Level:
Community College / Lower Division
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  • English
  • Literary Elements
  • Writing Process
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    Week 2 - Literary Essay Structure - WRT201 Crosby

    Week 2 - Literary Essay Structure - WRT201 Crosby

    Overview

     

    This week you will read the short story “Greasy Lake” by T.C. Boyle.  You will then write a short paper (500 words) about one of the stories you read. There will be a prompt with topic choices. 

    Writing a short paper will help us focus on the intro, body paragraph and conclusion. Each paragraph has special conventions. You can view the Powerpoint and other links provided in this week's unit for review of the components of writing an argument essay about a work of literature.

    Let’s practice what Annie Lamott discusses with great humor about the writing process in "Bird by Bird."  She outlines a way to get started drafting (aka writing a $hit#y first draft) in order to just get ideas down, then writing the up draft…fixing it up for clarity, support and development of ideas, and then finally the dental draft: fixing the small details like spelling, grammar and formatting.

    There is a link for using quotes. On your second revision you can double check that the quote you use is framed and cited correctly. You want to pick quotes where you can show your analysis. Develop the quote by explaining its significance and meaning in your own words and showing how it advances your main point (thesis).

    There is also a link for MLA formatting. Formatting is part of the dental draft, the fine tuning after you have drafted and revised for the big ideas, development and support.

     

     

    WRT201 - Literary Essay Structure - Week 2 Assignments

    Have students complete the following:

    1. Read “Greasy Lake” by T.C. Boyle.
    2. Write a short paper (500 words) about one of the stories you read using the prompts in Essay 1 guidelines. 

    Student instructions:

    Please complete the following this week by the due dates provided by your instructor.  Resources are available using the links below.

    1. Read "Greasy Lake" by T.C. Boyle - This week you will read the short story “Greasy Lake” by T.C. Boyle.  
    2. Review resources - follow the provided links to review the components of writing an argument essay and formatting.
    3. Write a 500 word paper - You will then write a short paper (500 words) about one of the stories you read. There will be a prompt with topic choices. 

    Writing a short paper will help us focus on the intro, body paragraph and conclusion. Each paragraph has special conventions. You can view the Powerpoint and other links provided in this week's unit for review of the components of writing an argument essay about a work of literature.

    Let’s practice what Annie Lamott discusses with great humor about the writing process in "Bird by Bird."  She outlines a way to get started drafting (aka writing a $hit#y first draft) in order to just get ideas down, then writing the up draft…fixing it up for clarity, support and development of ideas, and then finally the dental draft: fixing the small details like spelling, grammar and formatting.

    There is a link for using quotes. On your second revision you can double check that the quote you use is framed and cited correctly. You want to pick quotes where you can show your analysis. Develop the quote by explaining its significance and meaning in your own words and showing how it advances your main point (thesis).

    There is also a link for MLA formatting. Formatting is part of the dental draft, the fine tuning after you have drafted and revised for the big ideas, development and support.

    Please complete the following this week by the due dates provided by your instructor.  Resources are available using the links below.

    1. Read "Greasy Lake" by T.C. Boyle - This week you will read the short story “Greasy Lake” by T.C. Boyle.  
    2. Review resources - follow the provided links to review the components of writing an argument essay and formatting.
    3. Write a 500 word paper - You will then write a short paper (500 words) about one of the stories you read. There will be a prompt with topic choices. 

    Writing a short paper will help us focus on the intro, body paragraph and conclusion. Each paragraph has special conventions. You can view the Powerpoint and other links provided in this week's unit for review of the components of writing an argument essay about a work of literature.

    Let’s practice what Annie Lamott discusses with great humor about the writing process in "Bird by Bird."  She outlines a way to get started drafting (aka writing a $hit#y first draft) in order to just get ideas down, then writing the up draft…fixing it up for clarity, support and development of ideas, and then finally the dental draft: fixing the small details like spelling, grammar and formatting.

    There is a link for using quotes. On your second revision you can double check that the quote you use is framed and cited correctly. You want to pick quotes where you can show your analysis. Develop the quote by explaining its significance and meaning in your own words and showing how it advances your main point (thesis).

    There is also a link for MLA formatting. Formatting is part of the dental draft, the fine tuning after you have drafted and revised for the big ideas, development and support.