A Talk to Teachers, James Baldwin
The Wooden Overcoat, Rick Barot
Essay 2: Compose and draft an essay of about 1250-1500 words in blog/online format (see examples below) that offers an expository or argumentative mode for a general public audience from the perspective of expertise. Incorporate images, video, or other media.
[See scholarly version: Can Superhero Comics Defeat Racism?]
I recommend reading these two pieces:
- Too Tired to Go to Heaven?, Aaron Simmons
- The Economist’s review of my book reveals how white people still refuse to believe black people about being black | Edward E Baptist
Here are some common issues you should focus on for rewriting Essay 1:
- Work more diligently and purposefully on your openings and closings. You need to take more care with specifics and details; avoid telling about and show the reader a story instead.
- Establish your focus (thesis) within the first 4 or so paragraphs and then keep the discussion on that focus throughout the essay.
- Can you explain briefly to someone what your focus is and what organizational plan guides your essay?
- Reconsider your title and subheads (add subheads if you haven’t used them). Be interesting and vivid with both.
- While one or two purposeful fragments can be effective even in academic writing, run-on sentences always appear to be “errors.” Edit run-ons and take much greater care with sentence formation and sentence variety.
- Huge and formless paragraphs are unappealing and ineffective. Form your paragraphs with purpose and prefer shorter, not longer.
- Integrate quotes with care to both how to punctuate and in connected to the source.
- Add sources where needed and begin citing properly using APA.
- Avoid extreme claims of “all,” “none,” “most,” etc.
- Your word choice (diction) determines the tone of your writing, and also creates your authority. Lazy verbs and informal words should be revised.
- Verb tense should be appropriate but also should be purposeful and consistent. Verb tense shift (jumping between, among tenses without any clear reason) exposing the writing as careless.