Lesson 3

The Goal:

In this lesson you will continue to learn about citation techniques, and you will learn more about revision techniques. You will also write your first essay for the course, an analytical essay. Keep in mind that writing for a college course means writing for an academic audience, so using first or second person, except for an example in an essay, is not usually acceptable. You also want to make sure you are keeping the tone formal for that audience, so sarcasm and exclamation marks are not usual in such essays.


What to Read:

  1. Everything Changes, or Why MLA Isn’t (Always) Right‘ by Janice R. Walker in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.
  2. #”Teaching Literary Analysis” by  Rusul Alrubail
  3. * “Consider the Lobster‘ by David Foster Wallace from  Gourmet Magazine

#A note on “Teaching Literary Analysis” blog post: this post is directed towards teachers. However, as college students, you are often your own teacher. If you’re at all shaky about the concepts of an analysis paper, or just like guidelines, I recommend following the step-by-step that Alrubail outlines when you start writing your first essay. This analysis will be helpful for your blog essay, as well as Paper #2

Paper #1:

Your first paper! This is a narrative essay that bridges to something larger and bigger than yourself. I’m calling this a blog post essay. Please see  Paper 1 Requirements  for complete details on what is expected of you.

Go to the Discussion page for your section for complete discussion question  Discussion #3


Submission Checklist:

  • 2-paragraph contribution to Slack  Discussion page. (30 points)
  • Paper 1  (100 points)



with Megan Bush