The info about the midterm is below. Your midterm will be a cause/effect essay. I will offer you a choice of methods and you will choose one to write a five paragraph essay.
The info about the midterm is below. Your midterm will be a cause/effect essay. I will offer you a choice of methods and you will choose one to write a five paragraph essay. Should be at least 1000 words. I am also including the reading for next weeks assignment in this week that you can start on as soon as your midterm is complete.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I should be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.
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Read information about Cause and Effect essays on this page of lecture notes and in your text. In addition begin reading the two short stories that will be used in next weeks assignment.
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This Weeks Assignment
CAUSAL ESSAY EXPLANATION (MIDTERM):
This week is your midterm which is in the cause and effect style. Please notice the difference between a narrative and a causal paper in the text. This paper is not a story of your life before or after a decision. The Causal essay in my English 100 class may be done in one of two ways. Should be at least 1000 words.
Option 1 is to explain the causes that led to a decision you made or some event. For example you may have made the decision to move out of your parents home into a place of your own. In the Intro you set the stage by telling in general terms the outline of your situation. You would then discuss the reasons for this in the body of the essay. The conclusion might bring the reader up to date on the current situation. It might also include your insight on this decision now that time has passed. Was it a good decision? What did you learn about yourself and/or others as a result of this decision? Would you recommend this course of action to others? What are your predictions for the future based on this choice?
Outline: Thesis is the decision you made and some comment about it
Body Paragraph 1 Topic Sentence: Give one reason you made this choice
Body Paragraph 2 Topic Sentence: Give another reason you made this choice
Body Paragraph 3 Topic Sentence: Give another reason you made this choice
Option 2 is to discuss a decision you made and its consequences the effects rather than the causes of a decision. The Intro might give the background before making the decision but the body would only contain results of the decision. The conclusion might as in the first option bring the reader up to date if the body had not done so in the effects part of the essay. Again the conclusion might contain some insight into this decision. Answer the questions listed for option 1 such as what did you learn from this decision or occurrence? Would you do it again if you had the chance?
Outline: Thesis: the decision you made and some comment about it
Body Paragraph 1 Topic Sentence: Describe one outcome of this decision
Body Paragraph 2 Topic Sentence: Describe another outcome of this decision
Body Paragraph 3 Topic Sentence: Describe a third outcome of this decision
Choose whichever method suits your topic. Consider the poem above by Robert Frost. Sometimes when we go against the crowd it makes all the difference in our lives. Those who succeed to the highest levels often are those who are told they are going the wrong way. You can use the poem as a basis for your essay. In fact Id like that. We can discuss the meaning through e-mail if youd like.
NOTE: The thesis MUST contain wording pertaining to your decision or the event you are discussing! It must contain topic and comment no facts! No announcements of what is to come.
EXAMPLES of Causal Thesis Statements:
Taking a job as a night clerk in a convenience store was the worst decision of my life.
Deciding to have a child was the most important choice I ever made.
Because of my horrible working conditions I made the choice to quit my job.
Giving up drugs and alcohol was the hardest thing I ever had to do.
The most agonizing decision I ever made was to.
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Your papers are due on the dates given on the calendar. If your military service has caused you to miss submitting the essay by the date the dropbox closes please email me about it along with your essay as an attachment and submit it to Turnitin.
Open Date: April 262015 12:00 AM
Close Date: May 32015 11:59 PM
Readings for Next Weeks Assignment
In this class you get the beginnings of learning how to criticize literature. To start this process you will read two short stories. Please let me know immediately if these links are no longer active! More information needed for the final is on next weeks page.
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Two Kinds text (in case link above doesnt open)
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The Second Short Story to Read
Everything That Rises Must Converge.doc
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Causal Example #1
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. I never cared much for the town and I cared even less for the people that I called my neighbors. Everyone seemed the same to me. People were very close-minded and short with each other. They were always in a hurry and during the typical gray rainy days peoples attitudes seemed to intensify. I used to think that winter was when everything and everyone was dead not waking up until the groundhog determined whether or not Spring was going to arrive early. Throughout the years I realized that I was becoming just like the people that depressed me. Tired of my surroundings I made my decision to leave my home town in search of change. The change would be to start a new life in California.
There are many reasons that caused me to move three thousand miles away from home but the most preeminent reason was the death of my father. About four years ago my father passed away after having a heart attack during a short nap before dinner. My father was a wonderful parent. He had many dreams and hopes of the things that he wanted to do and places he would have liked to visit. Our family was not rich; therefore it was difficult to afford vacations to Dads favorite spot: the Jersey shore. My Dad loved the beach and he dreamed of retiring there one day. In a strange sort of way I felt that my moving to the coast would make him happy. I moved to Newport Beach with the intention of bringing my father along with me and making his dream come true.
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