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TNCC English 112 Writing Argument in Literature Exit Essay
Argument theory can be used to help you formulate your own argument about your insights and understanding of a literary text. This process requires you to move outside the text and identify an issue about the text on which there is no general agreement. You will then take a position on that issue, state your position as a claim, and present evidence from the text to prove it. For your Exit Essay Assignment, you will write a 2-4 page formal essay to formulate an argument about your insights and understanding of David Foster Wallace’s short story, “Everything is Green.” Refer to Chapter 13: “Argument and Literature” in your Perspectives on Argument textbook as you develop your essay. Consider the following questions:
1. What is an issue raised by this text that needs clarification?
2. What are the different perspectives that can be taken on this issue?
3. Which perspective will you take?
4. What support from the text will you use to defend your position?
5. What warrants are implicit in your argument, and will they be acceptable to the evaluator of your essay (the instructor)?
6. Would your essay be more convincing if you include a rebuttal of the opposing positions?
7. Will your claim be more acceptable to your audience if you qualify it?
Mastery of Skills/Completion of Course Objectives
• Pre-write, draft, revise, edit, and critically reflect upon your own writing
• Incorporate experience into your writing
• Create unified, coherent, well-developed texts
• Self-critique rhetorical elements such as purpose, audience, and organization
• Appropriately employ grammatical and mechanical conventions in the preparation of readable manuscripts
Expository Essay Requirements
• A clear, concise and defined thesis that occurs in the first paragraph of the essay
⇒ It is essential that this thesis statement be appropriately narrowed to follow the guidelines set forth in the assignment. If the student does not master this portion of the essay, it will be quite difficult to compose an effective or persuasive essay.
• Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body and conclusion
⇒ Transitions are the mortar that holds the foundation of the essay together. Without logical progression of thought, the reader is unable to follow the essay’s argument, and the structure will collapse.
• Body paragraphs that include evidential support
⇒ Each paragraph should be limited to the exposition of one general idea. This will allow for clarity and direction throughout the essay. What is more, such conciseness creates an ease of readability for one’s audience. It is important to note that each paragraph in the body of the essay must have some logical connection to the thesis statement in the opening paragraph.
• Evidential support (whether factual, logical, statistical, or anecdotal)
⇒ Often times, students are required to write expository essays with little or no preparation; therefore, such essays do not typically allow for a great deal of statistical or factual evidence.
• A bit of creativity!
⇒ Though creativity and artfulness are not always associated with essay writing, it is an art form nonetheless. Try not to get stuck on the formulaic nature of expository writing at the expense of writing something interesting. Remember, though you may not be crafting the next great novel, you are attempting to leave a lasting impression on the people evaluating your essay.
• A conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis, but readdresses it in light of the evidence provided
⇒ It is at this point of the essay that students will inevitably begin to struggle. This is the portion of the essay that will leave the most immediate impression on the mind of the reader. Therefore, it must be effective and logical. Do not introduce any new information into the conclusion; rather, synthesize and come to a conclusion concerning the information presented in the body of the essay.
Editing skills should reflect college-level work and be relatively free of errors:
Dash (not hyphen)
Correct verb form/tense
Inappropriate word choice
Lack of clarity
Lack of fluency
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