ENG 1002: Essay 2 Guided Freewrite

This is post is geared toward planning and brainstorming the poetry essay in my comp. II class.

Essay 2 Guided Freewrite

Consider the social issue/movement and poem (or pair of poems) you plan to write about. Use this process to double-check your current plans, plan how to best research your topic, and how to best present your topic to your intended audience.

  1. Is the poem predominately about the social issue, or it is the social issue an aspect or layer of the poem?
  2. Identify some lines of the poem that best present your social issue. Underline them, makes notes about them, annotate why you the ways you see them representing the social issue.
  3. Do a quick Internet search–can you quickly find a resource such as an association, a foundation, or an organization dedicated to your social issue. Copy/paste a link for future use. If not, what other resources can you find?
  4. Consider your argument? What sections or types of paragraphs do you anticipate needing? Common paragraph forms: definition, comparison, analysis, argument with a call to action, proposed solution, opposing viewpoint, cause/effect, narrative.
  5. Based on your Internet search for question #3, what way can that source be used in your paper? Can it be used to define your social issue, provide a proposed solution, allow your audience to get involved with a related initiative? Is this information important enough to be an entire body paragraph? Where do you believe it would be best located in your paper? Or will it be part of a “call to action” in your conclusion, explaining the importance of making your audience aware of the issue?
  6. Turn to the library databases and see what kinds of articles are available? Most students use these for medical definitions (medical definition of depression), treatment options/outlooks (medication or treatments for depression), studies to provide statistical information (how many people are dealing with mental illness), or historical context/comparison (how social perspective has evolved/changed/stayed the same). Many students use these source to provide the more formal medical/scientific information.
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Research Essay: Internet sources

This post provides information about the credible Internet article requirement of the Research Essay, specific to my ENG 1002 course.  Students are expected to use

General Suggestion: print the article(s) you believe you will use as evidence in your essay. Saving a link is fine, but having the printed copy will allow you to trouble-shoot Internet access issues and the event that a free sites moves to paid accounts.

Choosing Credible Sources

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Research Essay: Library Sources

This post provides information about the library database article requirement of the Research Essay, specific to my ENG 1002 course. Students are expected to use

General Suggestion: 1) copy/paste the permalink or document URL for each article you believe you will use as evidence in your essay 2) download/email yourself the PDF (when available) and 3) print the article. This will allow you to troubleshoot Internet access issues.

List of Commonly Used Library Databases 

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Body Paragraph Development: ENG 1002

This post includes information about developing body paragraphs for analytical writing. It first discusses body paragraph development and then provides expectation for how to incorporate and use citation. I consider this a foundation skill-set involved in writing successful academic evidence-based claims.

PART 1: Paragraph Development.

In order to develop/write strong, logical body paragraphs, each one needs to include 3 parts:

  1. Topic sentence: one sentence that lets readers know the paragraph’s main point.
    • Doesn’t provide depth or example.
  2. Developing Sentences: 4-6 sentences, excluding citation.
    • Provides the description, example, or depth that explains your paragraph’s point to readers.
  3. Wrap-up (with optional transition): 1-3 sentences that end your point; may begin to transition to your next topic.

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Poetry Essay Sources: Credible Internet Sites

This post provides information about the credible Internet article requirement of the Poetry Essay, specific to my ENG 1002 course. Students are expected to use at least 1 peer-reviewed article retrieved from an IVCC library research database and at least 1 article from a credible Internet source; a maximum of 3 secondary sources is allowed.

General Suggestion: print the article(s) you believe you will use as evidence in your essay. Saving a link is fine, but having the printed copy will allow you to trouble-shoot Internet access issues and the event that a free sites moves to paid accounts.

Students are also required to choose one or two poems from the textbook or from the PoetryFoundation.org archive in order to explain how the themes, content, characters, and/or language of the poem represent a social issue (a social movement or trend is also allowed).

 

Choosing Credible Sources

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Writing with Academic Authority: ENG 1002

This post overviews the information in the Research Essay Writing with Academic Authority PowerPoint and class discussion. It will move through the ways in which you can provide academic authority in your writing by means of fully utilized signal phrases, removing “fluff” language, and avoiding problematic language.

Academic Authority

Authoritative language = word choice and tone that implies knowledge and confidence from the author.

  1. Consistently show the relevance and credibility of your sources.
  2. Remove “fluff” and filler language.
  3. Avoid problematic and absolute language.
  4. Revise for distracting and repetitive language.

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MLA Resources

This list is for ENG 1001, ENG 1002, and ENG 0900 students. It’s a compilation of many of the MLA citation and documentation resources posts to my website. You can also search my website for things like “works cited page,” the name of your essay assignment (“poetry essay” for example), citation sandwich formatting, or something of the like to see what posts show.

Citation and Documentation Resources

ENG 1001: English Composition I Resources

Citation Sandwich Expectations (how to incorporate citation into your essay body paragraphs)

Direct Quote Citation Example

Example Paraphrase Citation

Works Cited Page

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