Personal Essay

| February 10, 2016

Personal Essay

As you draft your personal essays this week, consider your thoughts about the subject you chose for this project. Whether your thoughts are positive or negative (most of you chose subjects about which you have fond emotions), your responsibility as a writer is to make your readers feel your emotions. Your reader may hate the style of art you chose. They may have been mugged in the city you are describing. You need to show them the positive side.

What you will not attempt in a descriptive essay is to argue for why readers should have the same thoughts and feelings you have for the subject. You will not use your logic and reasoning in this paper, but you will still be using rhetoric to gently influence their thoughts. Each word you choose has emotional weight, and you will create that pathos whether you intend it or not. Therefore, you must learn to assess the potential effects of your choices and determine if the likely results are what you desire.

A clear thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.
Specific details about the person, place, object, or event so that readers can visualize the subject and/or feel present in the story (i.e., your essay should be specific and appeal to the five senses).
A concluding paragraph

Proofread your work for errors in grammar, mechanics, and style.
Check that the essay is at least 1000 words.
Use the “APA Template” handout provided to format your essay.
Include a title page with the following:
Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted
Begin the essay with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
End with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

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