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  1. mlongfarfield

    Week 8 Essay Review:

    Schedule a conference time with me by signing up on the list I will pass around in class.

    Schedule a conference with Sarah or Emily by calling the Center for Writing at 358-2412 and send an e-mail to me confirming that you have a scheduled appointment. (These conferences are required and you must make your appointments by Thursday March 12th at the latest.)

    Review the general checklist for all academic writing is on the course web site (

    We will use the following list for a self-review workshop of version 1 of your essay in class this week. You may also refer to this list before turning in your essay.

    Please submit a hard copy of your essay on Thursday (ITW 101-04) or Friday (ITW 101-31). No e-mail submissions.

    Argument and Conversation

    Title: Does the title of your essay introduce the topic of the essay and your approach to the topic?

    Topic: Do you have a sentence that explains what the paper is about (your area of interest or topic)?

    Purpose: Do you have a position or a claim (or a thesis statement or statement of purpose) guiding your essay?

    Audience: Does your sentence suggest why your topic might be interesting to a reader (what you are trying to find out about your area of interest or topic)? is this sentence making my claim clear to you as a reader?

    Context: What have other said about this topic or area of interest? What is the conversation? What are you adding to the conversation?

    Conversation: Is there a “They Say/I say” structure to the opening sentences/paragraph?


    Are you introducing the arguments of others into your essay (writing the words of others into your text, and thinking with the words of others)?

    Are you using reliable and credible sources? Have you consulted both primary and secondary source material?

    Do you introduce the context from which you have quoted? Does the phrase signal to a reader (the “signal phrase”) who is being quoted and why?

    Are you offering your commentary after every quotation (whether a direct quotation or a paraphrase). Why you are introducing the words of another, or thinking with those words?

    Are you citing the material using the (Modern Language Association) MLA in-text citation and a Works Cited page?


    How do you begin the essay? What is the first sentence of the essay doing?

    Write a one-sentence summary of each paragraph in your essay. (If you can’t summarize a paragraph, then how will a reader?)

    Does the first sentence in every paragraph take the reader from one place to another? (Transitional sentences should in most case indicate the development of the line of reasoning or argument.)

    How does the essay conclude? What is the last paragraph (and sentence) doing?

    Presentation and Formatting

    Does your essay follow the formatting guidelines in the essay on Standard Manuscript format?

    Do the sentences unfold smoothly? (Read the paper aloud and note place where the sentences do not feel quite right.) Are the sentences built effectively and are they specific and clear?

    Does the writing control grammar, spelling, punctuation (learn your problems and solve them, never make the same mistake twice)


    The first version of your essay ( will include sentences (in boldface type) that explain what you are doing (or trying to do), where you are having trouble, where you might need to do more research. This meta-commentary will appear in your text and will be useful for me as I prepare to meet with you in an individual conference next week.

    Bring a clean copy (without metacommentary) of the essay to your conference with Emily or Sarah at the Center for Writing.

  2. mlongfarfield

    Reading over the Research Installments has helped me to draft the following list with less than a week before the first version of your essay is due. If you did not provide a cover page with a title and abstract I have attempted to represent your area of inquiry:

    Heather Embedded in Technology

    Hunter How are Frogs Doing in the World Today? (Not well)

    Ian Escapism

    Elizabeth Rewilding: an Approach to Educational Opportunity in Haiti

    Shelby Spirituality and the Practice of the Wild

    McCabe Practicing Wildness and the Problem of Materialism

    Marina Living With or Living Against: the Problem of Plastic

    Mary Human Power and Control over Nature

    Brady National Parks

    Matt D. Freedom Found in the Back-to-the-Land Movement

    Jared Is there a relationship between a search for one’s self in nature and the
    ability to make a difference solving social problems?

    Rise Human Desire and Plants (Michael Pollan)

    Emmett Has Running affected human Evolution?

    Matt O. The Problem of Nature Deficit

    Katie What we are Eating and Where it comes From: An Exploration of the US Food System

    Tristan Cell Phones and Human Interaction (Cyborg Anthropology)

    Will The Problem of Education: An Alternative Approach to Creativity and

    Cam Resisting “Industrial Tourism”: Tourism and the Creation of Experience

    Erin Searching for Wildness: Racism and the American Dream

    James Alternative Views to Physical Education and Nature

    Adam The Human Nature Connection: Physiological and Psychological Benefits

    Brendan Going to Nature: A Social and Cultural History

    Erica Wildness and the Problem of Animal Entertainment


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