5page paper, EASY
essay must follow these:
1. Introduction/Thesis: the introduction will consist of the full name of each article, each article , and a BRIEF summary of each aeticle. It will end in a thesis, which will be some variation of: although these article seem different, they are actually quite similar.
2) You must address DIFFERENCES first, then move onto similarities.
3) Each body paragraph should address *BOTH* article.
4) Each body paragraph must open with a topic sentence (that mentions both article).
5) A “topic sentence” is the first sentence or two of a body paragraph. A “topic sentence” is sort of like a headline for a body paragraph: it alerts your reader as to what that your body paragraph will be about. Keep it short and to the point. For example, say you’re writing about a similarity between your two article — you need to mention the two article and the similarity in the topic sentence.
6) Body paragraphs that involve similarities must contain two A/B/C constructions — one for one poem, one for the other poem. (Your differences paragraphs(s) may also contain A/B/C constructions (but if you’re pointing out obvious differences, it’s ok to summarize, and not include quotes). The breakdown of an A/B/C construction is as follows:
A: Setting up the quote. Offer a just little bit of summary before the quote appears, giving the quote a little context. For example: The speaker’s girlfriend in “Feeling Fucked Up” has just broken up with him.
B: The quote. Introduce it properly, at the very least with what’s called a “signal phrase.” If the poem is a first-person poem (that is, is told from the “I” perspective), use “The speaker says,” “He says,” or “She says.” (Ex: He says, “fuck Coltrane.” / She says, “I want a red dress.”) If the poem does not use “I” — for example, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” — use the author’s last name, with the word “writes”: Hughes writes, “I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.”
C: Analysis of the quote. The “C” is very important. In the “C” portion, give us your analysis of the quote: how does the quote “prove” your topic sentence? Take your time here; expand; explore your point.
8. Your conclusion. Your conclusion for this paper should begin by echoing your thesis — without repeating the words *exactly.* Then, summarize the main points of the paper. (Just like with the first line of your conclusion, you want to avoid repeating them exactly: it’s ok to be broad/more general here.) From there, try to take your conclusion a little further, answering the “so what?” question your reader may have after reading your essay.