Your first essay is a hybrid between a personal essay and an analytical essay. Its main goal is to explain, support, and test out an argument, as opposed to, say, help me get to know you.
Choose one or two personal essays from the Broadview Anthology, and use that essay as a “lens” through which to understand part of your own experience. The essay doesn’t need a formal thesis. It does, however, need to make a claim, and that claim needs to be meaningful within a particular discourse community. (I encourage you to use the wiki to help one another understand these concepts.)
Length: 1000-1500 words, or 4-6 pages.
Include a Works Cited list and use in-text citations for direct quotations.
A complete first draft is due on Friday, May 15, at 11:55 p.m.
There will be opportunities for peer review during the next week. A revised version is due on Friday, May 22, along with a revision statement.
Finally, no matter what topic and perspective you choose, avoid making generalizations about groups of people based on race or culture. This assignment is also not a place to argue about sexual orientation in general. Recognize that all of the authors are being deliberate in the names they give to themselves and to others, even if those aren’t the words you would choose.
Opening questions (suggested, not required)