Callings by Dave Isay
Compose a thesis that helps you focus in and describe how your reading of Callings is informed by Wrzesniewskis argument. What threads are you able to find and weave together with the help of Wrzesniewskis lens? Audience: You should assume your reader is academic and educated but may not be as familiar as you are with Isays or Wrzesniewskis text. This means, for instance, that you may need to briefly explain scenes or introduce characters. Organization of assignment: Your essay should be organized generally into three sections: an introduction, the body, and a conclusion. Note, though, consistent with MLA principles, these sections would not be demarked by special subheadings as such. Instead, transitional phrases and careful organization of the composition will carry the day. Use of evidence in the essay: Each body paragraph should use appropriate amounts of properly formatted and cited quotations or paraphrasing. Overall, the paper should use several properly formatted citations, which would demonstrate your close reading of the text. Direct quotes should be carefully selected, properly contextualized and introduced beforehand, and commented upon and analyzed afterwards. Evaluation of your essay: Competent essays will do the following: 1. Present information and ideas from texts with accurate quotation, paraphrase, summary, and, when appropriate, enough explication/interpretation/evaluation to develop a coherent analysis or synthesis. This includes: § Demonstrating a clear understanding of central ideas in both texts. § Using relevant information from texts to support arguments. § Using appropriate amounts of quotation, paraphrase, and summary. 2. Use important conventions particular to expository essay writing, including the use of a clear thesis, effective paragraphing, and an organizational pattern, including effective transitions, that develops an idea over the course of an essay rather than simply listing supporting ideas. This includes: § Using a writing style that is appropriate for a specific audience. § Developing a clear thesis statement. § Creating paragraphs with central points and clear, relevant details. § Using transitions to bridge paragraph points.