Instructions Write a 1,000-word essay in which you respond to the prompt below.
Write a 1,000-word essay in which you respond to the prompt below. In your essays, I’m looking not only at the quality and depth of your brainstorms, but at the quality and precision of your writing as well. In other words, “good ideas” are important, but “good writing” is equally important here. So what is “good writing”?
1. Writing that reflects a mastery of Essay-Mechanics. I want you to write a solid introduction that — first of all — introduces the main subjects your essay will examine. Your intro-paragraph should culminate in a thesis statement in which you mention the main topics you’ve just introduced and tie them together in some specific way that your body-paragraphs will elaborate upon. I want a series of body-paragraphs that allude directly to your thesis statement — clarifying it, giving examples of it, exploring different dimensions of it, etc. And I’d like to see a concluding paragraph that doesn’t simply summarize your whole paper or simply restate your thesis. You need to actually draw some sort of conclusion about your main subjects — something about them that only appears to you after you’ve considered them at some length in light of your thesis.
2. Writing that reflects a mastery of Paragraph-Mechanics. Your Intro- and Body-Paragraphs should be fully developed (i.e., at lest 5 sentences long). Conclusion-Paragraphs can be short, though. Sometimes a single sentence is enough. I’d like to see topic-sentences in all your body-paragraphs — sentences that refer back to your thesis statement by repeating key phrases from it or paraphrasing it in other words.
3. Writing that reflects a mastery of Sentence-Mechanics. Proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation are very important, so you will want to leave yourself extra time to revise your wording and phrasing. Some of you may be a bit rusty with your grammar, and you may find it helpful to work with online tutors (Net Tutor and/or the tutors in our college’s Library and Learning Center).
4. Writing that reflects a mastery of Citation-Mechanics. You’ll need to cite the works that you refer to over the course of your essay. This includes both the essays and the images within our textbook. And if you refer to any additional resources (e.g., articles, websites, paintings, youtube videos, etc.), you’ll need to cite those as well. All of your citations should be in proper MLA format — with in-text (parenthetical) citations within the essay itself and a Works Cited page appearing as the last page of your essay.
With “good ideas” presented in “good writing,” you’ll produce work that you and I bothcan be proud of.
I want you to write a comparison or contrast essay in which you consider some of the artistic qualities of The Aboriginal Rock Drawing, The Wajinda and Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement. Those are two of the main subjects you need to introduce in your intro-paragraph. But there’s at least one more for you to squeeze in there: I want you to look at these works of art in the light of one of the essays we’ve read by Tolstoy, Stein, or Burke. Choose one of these figures and use their key ideas to formulate your thesis regarding the overall similarity or difference between Michelangelo’s painting and the Aboriginal rock drawing.