Week of 18 September 2006
Why is our textbook, Keys for Writers, organized the way it is?
Topic: Independence and Responsibility
So far, I have asked you only to produce single paragraphs. "Essay 1" is a 2-3 page paper, which should include several paragraphs -- each one as tightly honed as the stand-alone paragraphs you have been submitting.
Section 1 of Keys for Writers is all about finding a topic and narrowing your focus. There is so much room within the general area of "Independence and Responsibility" that you should be very clear on the specific main point that you want to communicate.
It won't be sufficient to provide a paragraph that says some interesting things about independence, and another that say some interesting things about responsibility, and then a conclusion that says "So that's what I think about independence and responsibility."
To get started, you might ask yourself any of the following questions (but please don't submit a draft that answers these questions one-by-one):
- Which is more important to you at this stage in your life? Why?
Have you changed your thinking recently?
Do your opinions on this topic differ from someone whom you respect? Has that difference led to greater understanding, or to conflict and pain?
What's due at this stage for Essay 1 is just the thesis statement.