Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Prospectus Paragraph

Write one of these and bring it to class tomorrow.

A Prospectus Paragraph announces the subject of your paper and introduces some of the evidence you might be using. You should also try to include a “so what” in your prospectus paragraph. The “so what” is your analytical or interpretive point -- your interpretation or analysis of the evidence you produce.

Your prospectus paragraph does NOT appear in your paper. It is designed to get you thinking and organized before you begin writing the paper itself.

Your prospectus paragraph should be strong enough to allow you to write a thoughtful paper.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

This I Believe

Your This I Believe essay is due at the beginning of class on Thursday Jan 14th. You will need two copies, one for me and one for you. As this is a radio show staple, it will be presented aloud. Here are the requirements adapted from the This I Believe submission page (I encourage you to submit them to This I Believe if you wish).
Keep the following in mind when you write your essay:
1.    Limit your essay to 350-500 words.
2.    Describe an event that shaped your beliefs or a person who inspired them.
3.    Avoid sermons and editorials—no soapbox declamations, please!
4.    Read more of the This I Believe essay-writing tips.

You can peruse multiple examples at Often the ones put on the radio are a bit better, but not necessarily so.

Andrea Kang's (Class of 2009) This I Believe essay. They re-posted it from its original posting so all of the comments are gone, but her essay is there.