is in MLA formatting (double-spaced, last name in header, page numbers, etc.)
is 1000-1500 words (4-6 pages)
organized around a main claim or thesis
analyzes an author’s rhetorical strategies
has paragraphs organized by topic sentences.
evidence to support claims
explanation of that evidence.
aligns with the requirements of an academic essay
according to Gordon Harvey’s Elements-of-the-Academic-Essay.doc
For this essay, you are going to put into practice what you have learned about rhetoric as well as writing by analyzing an author’s rhetorical strategies. To do this, you will construct an argument about how and why the author has made the decisions he or she has made in their essay. What you choose to focus on is up to you (e.g. the author’s use of pathos, the author’s word choice, etc.), but your paper should be focused, on-topic, and clear.
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong By Michael Hobbes
Your essay should be 1000-1500 words (4-6 pages) in MLA format.
Your essay should be organized around a main claim or thesis. This thesis should be concise, 1-2 sentences in length, and be supported by the other claims of your essay.
You will need to decide the best way to organize your argument. However, the basic structure of an essay doesn’t change–you need topic sentences (organizing minor claims that are the skeleton of your essay. Don’t underestimate a good topic sentence!), evidence (quotations, summary, or paraphrase), analysis (your interpretation of the evidence/connecting the evidence to your position), an introduction (a beginning), and a conclusion (an ending).