Beginning a Research-Based Essay
In groups of three: Read the first two ¶s of the essays in the Arak Journal by Samantha DiUbaldi and Ryan McNulty. As a group, formulate some answers to these questions:
- Where does the writer say what their essay is about? (Topic)
- How do they suggest what questions or ideas they have about their topic? (Project)
- How do they suggest how their essay will develop? (Map)
Fastwrite: Write a possible first ¶ (or two) of your final essay. Try to state the topic you’re writing about, the questions or ideas you have about this topic, and how you will develop your essay.
The singular they is the 2016 word of the year. When you want to talk about what a writer has to say in his or her text, don’t feel like you have to bend over backwards to describe what he or she is arguing. And definitely what not he says. Or one says. It is okay to write “where does the writer say what their essay is about”. For backup, see
- Thurs, 11/03, class: I will ask you to begin to write the first full draft of your second essay. So, if you compose on a keyboard, come with a laptop with your e2d1 and e2d2 loaded on it. If you write with pen and paper, come with print copies of your e2d and e2d2, and paper to write on.
- Mon, 11/07, 4:00 pm: Email e2d3 to your GTA and me.
- Tues, 11/08: Election Day! No class! Vote!
- Wed, 11/09, Thurs, 11/10, or Fri, 11/11: Conferences with your GTA and me, based on your annotated print version of e2d3. (Your annotations will count as p3.)
- Tues, 11/15, class: Bring a print copy of e2d3.9 to class. You will work on it.
- Wed, 11/16, 4:00 pm: Email e2d4, the final version of your second essay, to your GTA and me.