Essay Two, Final (e2d3)

The final version of your second essay for this course (e2d3) is due on Wednesday, 5/11, at 11:00 am.  Please post this piece to your individual folder on Google Drive.

You have worked on this piece for several weeks, so my expectations for your writing are high. I will look for an essay that adds to the critical conversation about a text that you have read closely, that is written in a clear and personal style, and that has been carefully crafted, edited, and proofread.

Please also make sure your essay includes the following back matter:

  • Acknowledgments: Write a few sentences in which you thank the people who have helped you write this piece. These might include your TA, the members of your workshop group, Writing Center tutors, roommates, friends, family members, and any other persons who have read your writing or talked about your ideas with you. This is a time to be generous.
  • Author’s Note: Write a brief account of how you developed this essay. How did the piece change and grow as you worked on it? What parts do you now feel most proud of?
  • References: You must include a list of references to the works you discuss in your essay. You may use any standard documentation style (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA) that you feel comfortable with.  But make sure you include the four key elements (author, date, title, location or publisher) of a citation that we have discussed in class.

Mark off each of these sections with a subheading .

Finally, be professional: Proofread. Carefully. Make sure your references are complete and your links work. This is the time to fuss the details. You want the final form of your text to clearly show the hard work you have put into it.

I’m eager to read your essay! I will use the same form as before in grading your work. Good luck!


Class, Tues, 5/03

Opening a Critical Essay

Read these opening pages to three essays written in a previous version of E110. Jot down some notes in response to the following questions:

  • How does the writer define the critical conversation they want to enter?
  • How do they give you a sense of where the essay is headed, of the stance or position they are going to take in that conversation?
  • How do they try to engage you as a reader, to make you interested in reading on?

Conferences e2d2 (Wed, 5/04, and Thurs, 5/05)

Please write a few hundred words or so in which you address the same questions I posed above.  That is,

  • What is the critical conversation you are entering?
  • What stance do you take in that conversation?
  • What have you done to engage your readers?

The only difference is that I’d like you to write about your essay as a whole, not just its opening. And, of course, please also be ready to ask any other questions you may have about your piece. I will begin our meeting by reading what you’ve written, and we will move from there.

To Do

  1. Wed, 5/04, and Thurs, 5/05: Conferences with me in 134 Memorial. No class on thursday.
  2. Tues, 5/10, class: Bring  a print copy of e3d3 that is as close to finished and perfect as you can make. We will spend part of the class copy-editing it even more closely.
  3. Wed, 5/11, 11:00: Post e3d3 to your Google Drive folder.
  4. Thurs, 5/12, class: Bring a print version of e2d3 with you, along with your laptop. We will work on digitizing your essay.