You may also find that creating an outline will help you to structure your essay.
Trying to explore every possible aspect of the topic/text: Instead, generate a thesis (and subsequent claims) that you want to make about your specific topic and discuss how particular details (evidence) contribute to your thesis.
This reflective letter should be addressed to your readers (me and your peers), and should be written in the first person (it can be informal/personal).
This Cover Letter presents the process behind your essay, and therefore doesn’t restate what your essay claims (the product) but rather discusses your drafting/revising process for this essay.
Dig beneath the surface of the text and explore possible connections and interpretations.
If you run out of things to say, you probably have not asked enough questions about the text or done enough active reading. Due: Thursday, March 27th (e-mail file bring one printed copy to class) *If you do not turn in your essay (a printed copy and electronic copy) by the start of class the day it is due, you will receive no credit for the entire assignment. Late work will not be accepted and will receive no credit.Grading: Essay 1 is worth 15% of your overall course grade. Any essay that plagiarizes will automatically fail.Remember that your blogging is only an informal response to the texts we read and, as such, your posts may not be organized effectively or clearly/fully articulated.You should use this material as freewriting (or even a rough draft), and then work to revise it into a coherent and detailed argument.Structure Structure the essay according to your argument, avoiding mere summary, on the one hand, and the five-paragraph essay, on the other.When arguing for your interpretation of the text, you should structure your essay according to your thesis about the short story you chose, not necessarily according to the order of the text itself.You should not consult outside sources: this essay builds from close reading of the novel.As always, choose specific quotes and examples from the text that are relevant to your claims and use them in the service of supporting these ideas.Even though you are only submitting a final draft to me, you should go through a number of steps (pre-drafts such as in-class discussions, blogs, freewriting, group discussion, brainstorming, outlining, first drafts, conferences with me and Learning Center tutors, etc.) before you hand it in, and this Cover Letter shows how your essay has changed along the way.In addition to responding to the questions below (holistically, not in order/bulleted out), you should also free to add any other questions/concerns you have about your essay or the writing process.