Choose something that you disagree with – an idea in a story, novel or movie; a politician’s speech, a policy change in your town or university – and write about it, explaining why you disagree with it.
Read ten thesis statements from students’ essays and decided if they were ok or not, and why.
Re-write last week’s free-writing (about something you like) to be more academic.
Freewriting: write about something you don’t like.
Finish your final draft of your 2nd essay, the persuasive essay, and bring it to class on Friday November 30th (there is no class next Friday, Nov. 23rd). Write or type your essay using double space, so as to allow room for others to leave comments.
Continue writing and editing your draft for your persuasive essay. Writing and editing should not be done at the same time; Ayn Rand wrote that these two activities are mutually incompatible (see “The Art of Non-Fiction“). Find someone you trust to read and give you feedback on your drafts before you write your final one.
I spoke with all students present today and discussed their compare and contrast essay.
Some general points:
The best essays gave the reader some new, fresh or interesting information. E.g. some names (e.g. “Benezet“), figures (e.g. the area of Kansai University), or some unique personal experience, such as learning math again as an adult.
Many essays, unfortunately, did not tell the reader anything new, but repeated tired old knowledge that most readers already knew. Give the reader something new, something fresh, something unique, something original, something interesting. Please!
All essays were well written in terms of formatting, and only a few had grammar or syntax or vocabulary problems that interfered with comprehension.
I did not correct minor errors of grammar, vocab and syntax, unless they interfered with comprehension.
Many essay titles were rather vague: you want to tell the reader quickly what your essay will be about. The title is a good way to do that. A title like “Universities” is too broad and does not tell the reader what to expect.