Dig beneath the surface of the text and explore possible connections and interpretations.
If you run out of things to say, you probably have not asked enough questions about the text or done enough active reading.
Your essay should include: a focused thesis paragraph; body paragraphs provide additional claims (topic sentences) and specific, concrete details/examples in support of both these claims and your overall thesis (do not keep repeating the same idea over and over again in different ideas); logical connections/transitions among sentences, paragraphs, and ideas (claims); a concluding paragraph.
Some difficulties you might encounter as you write & some suggestions for moving past these problems: Thinking you have nothing to say: This is where close reading is so helpful!
*Please make sure to follow the Essay Guidelines, and the helpful tips/strategies provided below and the materials under Writing Resources.
Cover Letters You should include a cover letter (about one page long, typed, single-spaced) as the first page of your essay (this letter does not count toward the minimum length of your essay).
Spend time choosing/focusing your topic before you start drafting your essay.
You are welcome to use one (or more) for the items on the utopian/dystopian framework, the discussion prompts provided in class, and/or on the course blog as starting points for your brainstorming process.
Refer to City Tech’s Policy on Academic Integrity on the syllabus for more specific details.
Feedback: I am more than happy to discuss your ideas/drafts in person with you, at any stage of your reading/thinking/writing process.