Dr. J. Adams
Due at the end of class today, September 28
Project: “Prewriting” for Essay #1
1. Do some fun warm-up writing! (5–10 minutes) This is a useful strategy in preparing to write “academic” essays. Write a quick description of something that interests you, a poem, a dialogue, a letter to someone, a post you’d put on social media...whatever appeals most right now.
2. What is the REVISED, specific question that you want to use to guide Essay #1?
3. What text from the syllabus are you using to help you answer it?
4. Write 2–3 paragraphs in which you explore your question (15–20 minutes).
5. What emerged from #4 as the most compelling answer to your question? This may be your initial thesis. If you didn’t find something interesting in your writing above, keep going. Your initial thesis will change as you write the essay itself. It may well appear in your conclusion.
6. Choose 3 quotes from the text that you think will be useful to you as you develop your main idea. Record them below, including quotation marks and page numbers.