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RESEARCHED ILLUSTRATION ESSAY (a.k.a. Example Essay). 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. ASSIGNMENT. Write a journal on AYK regarding a presidential candidate. Then, research that particular person. Research = official Web sites our college library’s databases (NO Wikipedia). ASSIGNMENT.

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Researched illustration essay a k a example essay

RESEARCHED ILLUSTRATION ESSAY(a.k.a. Example Essay)



Assignment
ASSIGNMENT

  • Write a journal on AYK regarding a presidential candidate.

  • Then, research that particular person.

  • Research =

    • official Web sites

    • our college library’s databases

    • (NO Wikipedia)


Assignment1
ASSIGNMENT

  • Then, in a Classic Illustration/Example Essay, you will argue for or against ONE of the remaining (as of 2/1/08) contestants.

    • For whom should you vote?

    • For whom should you not vote?

  • Specifics on the format are below.


Databases
DATABASES

  • Britannica Online

  • Biographies Plus (Wilson Web)

  • CQ Researcher

  • Opposing Viewpoints

  • EBSCO

  • History Reference

  • Lexis-Nexis

  • Ethnic Watch

  • Gender Watch

depts.luzerne.edu/library


Official web sites
OFFICIAL Web sites

  • http://mccain.senate.gov

  • http://www.ronpaul2008.com

  • http://www.mikehuckabee.com

  • http://obama.senate.gov

  • http://clinton.senate.gov

  • “Their Works, Their Wishes, Their Words” (decent & recent newspaper article: online)


Candidates
CANDIDATES

REPUBLICANS

Sen. John McCainRep. Ron PaulGov. Mike Huckabee


Candidates1
CANDIDATES

DEMOCRATS

Sen. Barack ObamaSen. Hillary Clinton


Essay format
ESSAY FORMAT

INTRODUCTION

  • Introduce your subject.

    • Generalization *

    • Quotation

    • Question

    • Quip

    • Statistic

  • Get us on the topic of the 2008 presidential elections.

    • Lately, no matter where we turn, we are inundated with coverage of the 2008 presidential elections.


Essay format1
ESSAY FORMAT

INTRODUCTION

  • Narrow towards your thesis:

    • “some”

    • “others”

    • Some Americans are ignoring the issues, the candidates, and the election process as a whole.

    • However, other citizens are quite involved with the election process, either actively campaigning for someone or passively following the coverage.


Essay format2
ESSAY FORMAT

INTRODUCTION

  • End with a strong thesis statement:

    • topic + main idea + support (3 reasons)

    • clearly and succinctly state your claim or argument (What is your position?)

    • clearly and succinctly announce your 3 reasons

  • For whom to vote (+ because).

  • For whom not to vote (+ because).


Essay format3
ESSAY FORMAT

BODY

  • 3 Body paragraphs

  • 1 reason per paragraph

  • 1 (at least) example per reason


Essay format4
ESSAY FORMAT

BODY

  • NAME the reason:

    • Topic + Main Idea + Reason #?

  • EXPLAIN the reason:

    • “That is” or “In other words”

  • ILLUSTRATE the reason:

    • specific examples to illustrate this reason

  • JUSTIFY the reason:

    • “warrant statement” (“thus” or “therefore”)


Essay format5
ESSAY FORMAT

BODY

  • Begin each Body paragraph with a Topic Sentence:

    • refer to the previous reason (s) as you segue to this reason

    • repeat 2/3 of your thesis statement + this reason

      • “name the reason”

    • “Another reason the death penalty should be enforced isits cruelty.”

    • * “In addition to its expediency and its cost-effectiveness, the most important reason the death penalty should be enforced is its cruelty.”


Essay format6
ESSAY FORMAT

BODY

  • Then, briefly explain the reason:

    • re-word it, clarify it

    • “explain the reason”

    • “In other words” or “That is to say”

    • the naming and the explaining should consist of no more than 3-4 sentences

    • so...be brief


Essay format7
ESSAY FORMAT

BODY

  • Support that 1 reason with specific and relevant examples (It is the Example essay!):

    • be specific:

      • somebody doing something

      • concrete details

    • be relevant:

      • examples should be clear,

      • pertinent, germane, related to the reason/point

    • “illustrate the reason”

    • TRANSITIONS: “For example” or “For instance”


Essay format8
ESSAY FORMAT

BODY

  • End each Body paragraph with a Warrant Statement:

    • “Thus,” “Therefore”

    • relate the evidence back to your point, to your topic sentence

    • justify this example:

      • Why is it relevant to your point?

      • How does it help prove your reason?

      • SO WHAT?!


Essay format9
ESSAY FORMAT

CONCLUSION

  • Refer to your opening.

  • Repeat your thesis and main points.

  • Discuss where this issue is to go from here.

  • End with an appropriate Clincher Sentence.


Essay format10
ESSAY FORMAT

WORKS CITED

  • proper header

    • last name-page number

  • Works Cited:

    • centered

    • no <u>, no <i>, no <b>, no all caps


Essay format11
ESSAY FORMAT

WORKS CITED

  • Follow the proper MLA format as described in your handbooks.

    • Pay especial attention to the MLA format regarding databases and Web sites.

    • Databases: original publishing information AND database information


Essay format12
ESSAY FORMAT

WORKS CITED

  • Alphabetically arrange all sources.

  • Reverse Indent all sources.

  • For longer URLs to fit on the lines, hit “enter” after a slash.

  • For database URLs, stop after the “.com.”


Essay format13
ESSAY FORMAT

  • Consult the “Outline Template”

  • available on my Web site

  • under the “Example Essay”

  • <http://academic.luzerne.edu/shousenick>


Reminders
REMINDERS

  • Argue one side of a particular issue.

    • Make a claim.

      • For whom to vote.

      • For whom not to vote.

    • Support that claim with your 3 best (more persuasive, significant) reasons.

    • Back up those reasons with specific examples.


Reminders1
REMINDERS

  • Example Essay = “reasons”:

    • No “history lessons” in the Body paragraphs. This is the place for your reasons only.

    • This is not a “types” essay:

      • Classification: types of mental illnesses, of STDs, of rape…

    • Rather, it is a “reasons” essay.


Reminders2
REMINDERS

  • Do not end a paragraph with another’s words or ideas.

    • This is your essay.

    • Thus, you are using researched evidence to support your ideas.

    • You are not summarizing the issue or the research.

    • Always end with a “warrant statement.”


Reminders3
REMINDERS

  • Lead-in verbs should be in the present tense:

    • claims, asserts, points out

    • NO “says” because of the print medium

  • Put “quotation marks” around direct quotes.

  • Use direct quotesorparaphrase—do not “ride the fence.”

    • Either quote the original in its entirety OR put it completely in your own words.


Reminders4
REMINDERS

  • PARENTHETICAL CITATIONS :

    • * the purpose is to get the reader to your Works Cited page

      • so do not interfere with the flow of the essay

      • so keep it short

        • *the 1st item on the bibliographic line: author, article

        • *and the page number or “subheading”

    • period comes after the parentheses

    • if the author’s name is not in the sentence, put it in the

      (Smith 89)

    • if no author’s name is given, then attribute the article to “the unnamed” or “the anonymous” author

    • as part of your lead-in, mention the credentials of your source (Ethos)


Reminders5
REMINDERS

  • PARENTHETICAL CITATIONS:

    • if your source is an online article or Web site (note the spelling!), put in the ( ) the “subheading” or “subtitle” under which your information appears.

    • only a space between the author and the page number or “subheading” (no punctuation)

    • truncate:

      • only the author’s last name

      • shorten long titles

      • no URLs

    • (Smith 89) or (Smith “Smoking: Effects”) or (“Smoking: Effects”)


Reminders6
REMINDERS

CITE

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Candidates2
CANDIDATES

John McCain

Mike Huckabee

Ron Paul

Obama

Hillary Clinton


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