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5: Second Essay Due (Submit by clicking on the “>>View/Complete” link in this assignment folder.)

 

For your second essay, you are to write a dividing and classifying essay following the guidelines provided in MWL for writing an essay of this type. Thinking back on all our discussion and reading for the past two weeks about horror and madness and the macabre, please compose an essay by the end of the week to offer some insight to your readers into the different causes for the experience of horror. Let your readers know that there are two or three different categories of horror story based on the nature of the horror aroused by each category of story.

 

Label your categories using the names of the authors of the works we’ve read for the last two weeks, e.g., the “King” horror story, the “Jackson” horror story, and the “Poe” horror story. If you can come up with enough material to write about by focusing on just two categories, then two will be enough, but if you’re short of material with just two, then please include three categories. Be sure, however, that each category is distinct from the other categories even if they may share some similarities. Base your description of the characteristics of each type of horror story on the content of the respective short story or essay. But you should supplement each description with your own ideas too about what distinguishes one type of horror story from another. And you may assign more than one story to the same category if that makes sense. For example, you may identity the Clarke horror story as a category and assign Clarke’s story to that category but also Gilman’s story to that same category. Obviously, stories assigned to the same category must share essential features or criteria.

 

Introduction and Thesis Statement. Be sure to gain your readers’ attention with the very first sentence of your introduction. Review what MWL has to say about crafting a successful introduction in the Drafting topic area of the Writing & the Writing Process module. The last sentence of your introduction should be your thesis statement. Follow the advice for constructing a successful thesis statement in MWL in the Developing Thesis Statements topic area of the Writing & the Writing Process module and especially in the Dividing and Classifying overview to be sure your thesis statement identifies the topic of your essay (horror stories), your purpose for writing (to enlighten/inform), and the categories of discussion (the “Oates,” the “Gilman” and the “Poe” types of horror stories). 

 

Body. Devote at least one paragraph to each of the categories you’ve identified in your thesis statement as a type of horror story. You’ll need to briefly explain what each author says in her or his respective short story or essay that defines that particular type in the specific paragraph(s) devoted to that type. You should also include “compelling, concrete examples” and “specific, vivid details,” as suggested in MWL, in your body paragraphs. These examples and details should come from other imaginative works or movies or TV shows. They may even come from your own life or the lives of your friends and family if you or they have experienced something genuinely horrifying. Be sure to review the suggestions for “developing paragraphs” in the Drafting topic area in the Writing & the Writing Process module in MWL.

 

Conclusion. Bring your dividing and classifying essay to a close using one of the strategies suggested in the Drafting topic area in the Writing & the Writing Process module in MWL. Be sure that you do not do anything so predictable as merely summarizing the main points of your essay.

 

You will be expected to demonstrate more and more control of punctuation, mechanics, spelling, and style as you work through more of the exercises in MWL. For this second essay, please write as correctly as you can, making sure you avoid errors with commas, apostrophes, diction, tone, spelling, subject-verb agreement, and/or complete sentence construction.

 

Length: 750-1000 words 

 

Format Instructions for All Papers: 

 

Write in 12 point size font using any style of font that is easy to read (e.g., Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, Verdana)

 

Place this information in the Upper Left Corner of p. 1.

 

Your Name

 

EN 101: Composition I

 

Date

 

Double space and center the title of your essay. A good rule of thumb is one to five words that indicate the topic of your essay; do not title your essay Week _ Writing Assignment. Double space your entire essay (do not add additional spaces between paragraphs). 

 

Use 1 ¼-inch margins on the left and right and 1-inch margins at the top and bottom.

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/04/2015 12:00 am
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