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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE THREE REQUIRED ESSAYS


What's the basic assignment? There will be three papers due by email on the dates specified in the schedule below. For the second and third papers, a reasonably developed rough draft will be due on the dates specified below. Since students in this class come from various disciplines, it will be your task to come up with a topic you find worthwhile. The first will be a three-page paper, and the second and third will be five-page papers. There is no need to consider these papers to be full research essays, although for the second and third papers, I require that you incorporate at least two sources and document them properly. CSUF academic integrity policies apply (see [http://www.fullerton.edu/senate/documents/PDF/301/UPS301-021.pdf|UPS 301.021]). See [http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF Library].

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- <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|GRAMMAR GUIDE]</b> | <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA FORMAT]</b> | <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|DEDUCTIVE ESSAYS]</b> | <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|CITING TEXTS]</b> | <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|ANALYZING TEXTS]</b> | <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|EDITING YOUR WORK]</b>.
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CITATION STYLES AND FORMATTING THE ESSAY


Formatting. If your discipline requires MLA style (Modern Language Association), you must observe the following formatting rules; other disciplines call for somewhat different rules:

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- <b>Other things:</b>
+ <h3 align="center">GENERAL COMMENTS FOR EVERYON IN ADVANCE OF RECEIVING YOUR DRAFTS</h3>
- 7. Introduce and cite sources properly within your essay. See my <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b> for the relevant conventions.8. Offer a "works cited" list on the last page of your document even if an anthology is your only text. Again, see <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b> for the relevant conventions, or refer to a book every humanities major should have: <i>The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.</i> 7th. edition. New York: MLA, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1603290241.<b>Rough Drafts (Optional).</b> If you give me a rough draft or some portion of one, I will read it carefully and offer substantive comments. With regard to stylistic matters, I have a detailed online <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b>, portions of which I include as "autotexts" with the MS Word Track Changes feature as I go through a draft. I will not simply "fix" rough drafts since that discourages students from doing their own editing. Self-expression and the desire to say something important are good reasons to write, but they alone do not make a person a good writer. That takes time and respect for the medium itself, including its formal conventions.<b>Research and "Works Cited"</b> For undergraduates, research is optional. The main thing is to attend closely to the assigned texts. If you like to do outside reading and work with theoretical approaches, that's good, but this assignment is not technically a research paper. Even if you don't incorporate outside research, you still need to include a separate Works Cited page at the end of the essay. That is because you will, of course, be citing at least one of the assigned texts. Use MLA guidelines for citing sources. As for graduates, your longer paper should incorporate at least some secondary material, but I leave the relative balance between primary and secondary material to your discretion. Libraries: <b>[http://www.chapman.edu/academics/libraries.asp|Chapman]</b>, <b>[http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF]</b>.<b>Additional Guides.</b> I have written many guides to help students with composing, editing, and polishing their essays. Please look over some of this site's materials on writing: see the Resources/Guides section of your course menu, and click on "Writing Guides" to view the list. Here are links to the main ones: <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing]</b>, and <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing]</b>.<b>Advance Draft Comments</b>Your essay doesn't need to offer exhaustive commentary about the work or author chosen, and it doesn't need to provide huge amounts of background information about history, the author's life, and so forth. Instead, examine your text/s on the specific things (problems, issues, themes, etc.) you want to write about, and be willing to grapple directly and in some detail with the actual language of your chosen work. Try to write a paper that leads your readers towards genuine insights based on a patient, well-structured analysis of particular passages (and flexible points of comparison, for comparative essays). If your essay makes a reader feel like re-reading all or some of the literary work in question, you will have done your job well.
+ These comments are humanities-oriented, but general enough to be useful for almost any kind of writing. Your essay doesn't need to offer exhaustive commentary about the work or author chosen, and it doesn't need to provide huge amounts of background information about history, the author's life, and so forth. Instead, examine your text/s on the specific things (problems, issues, themes, etc.) you want to write about, and be willing to grapple directly and in some detail with the actual language of your chosen work. Try to write a paper that leads your readers towards genuine insights based on a patient, well-structured analysis of particular passages (and flexible points of comparison, for comparative essays). If your essay makes a reader feel like re-reading all or some of the literary work in question, you will have done your job well.


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Avoiding Generalities. Do not begin your first paragraph with filler such as, "Throughout history, man has fallen in love and written poetry." That is an irrecoverable sign that the writer has little of substance to say. Also avoid literary appreciation filler such as "Ben Jonson's plays are immortal."
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2) Argument structure and handling of quotations in the main essay

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