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Notes for Introduction to Literature
Notes for Basic Writing (ENG 020)
~~ Workshop Excercise for Essay#1 ~~
Directions: Working as a group, analyze each essay carefully according to the questions below. Work on ONE PAPER AT A TIME, discussing each question and recording each person's suggestions/responses (you can combine responses to save space). At the end of the session, each writer should have a completed worksheet on his/her own essay that will be due with the final draft next Tuesday.
Locate the thesis of the essay. Copy the thesis sentence in the space below so you can analyze it closely.
Now evaluate the thesis sentence based on whether it is:
a subject and an assertion about the subject
Write your suggestions below:
Essay Development: Does the writer make good use of description and narration to make the essay expressive? (REVIEW Quick Access p. 39)
DESCRIPTION (painting vivid images with words; making the reader experience something through your use of sensory language-language that appeals to the five senses). Note where the essay is especially descriptive below. What do you think the writer does well here?
Where in the essay can the writer include more description? (more adjectives, more sensory detail, more concrete, specific words, etc.)
NARRATION (telling a brief story that might help us understand a particular characteristic, or several). Note where the essay uses storytelling to involve the reader in the learning event described. Where is this use of story telling effective? Where could it be more effective?
Consider how well the essay is organized. Are the paragraphs unified and coherent (review the syllabus to help you define and apply these principles). Note below any problems you notice in the essay's overall unity and coherence. Note specific paragraphs that may need work.
Consider how well the essay is structured. Does it provide an engaging introduction and conclusion?
How would you describe the writer's "style"? (Review the syllabus
to help you clarify this general term as it applies to writing.)
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