Essay 4 – Be Interesting: Sway The AudienceEnglish 103/ Dr. Hauss “Research is f

Essay 4 – Be Interesting: Sway The AudienceEnglish 103/ Dr. Hauss
“Research is formalized curiosity.”
– Zora Neale Hurston
The challenge this time? “Be Interesting.”
By asking questions and digging down into your research, you have pursued
complications and developed ideas related to your interest and in-person or virtual event.
Engaging with the thought-provoking research you’ve done, use your writing to show
your mind at work on the question, problem, or mystery that has emerged from your
encounter with your interest. Use your writing to create an experience for your readers
that is designed to generate interest in what you’ve discovered.
The goal of this essay is for you to use your critical thinking skills to establish your own
thesis and support it with persuasive reasons. Use ideas from your research and your own
virtual or in-person experience and logic to construct an argument around the question
your virtual event raised for you. Establish your claim, provide evidence, reasons,
support, and anticipate a counter argument. Use at least 3 scholarly sources to help make
your case. Trust and refine your thinking. Be sure your essay is informed by your
opinion, voice, and understanding and analysis of your research.
Things to Shoot for:
 Be interesting! Show your writer’s mind at work. Make compelling connections
between your virtual or in-person visit/experience and your research. To develop
your thesis, return to the invention strategies in Ch 6. Generating ideas is mostly a
matter of asking and thinking about questions – see our editors’ ideas about stasis
theory and the 4 key questions on pp. 210-13.
 Pursue complications. Shape the voyage of the material you have collected into an
interesting read for your audience. Your imagined audience is like your
classmates – literate, intelligent, and moderately well informed. But they don’t
know everything you know, and they don’t know your response to the issue
you’re addressing. So they need more information along these lines to understand
your discovery.
 Support your claim, reasoning, and research with relevant ideas, information, and
quotes from your scholarly sources. Use them effectively; analyze why the source
is important and how it affects your argument. Revisit the checklists in Ch 6:
Imagining an Audience (220) and Organizing an Argument (229).
 Integrate these sources skillfully. Introduce your sources with signal phrases.
Decide to paraphrase, summarize, or quote. Use the proper in-text citation, and
use your critical voice after to explain how the source material connects to your
 4-5 full pages
 12-point Times New Roman font and 1” margins
 A creative, interesting title
 A clearly stated thesis statement
 Logically organized paragraphs that focus on one key point at a time
 Discussion of the ideas of at least 3 credible, vetted, and scholarly sources
 Quotations and paraphrased ideas in MLA 9 format from the research to support
your analysis
 A Works Cited page in MLA 9 format
 Correct sentence structure and punctuation

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