Analyze Two Essays
In this discussion, you will practice summary and response writing by sharing your analysis of two essays with your classmates. Before you post to the discussion, carefully and thoroughly read the following articles from Chapter 2 of The Prentice Hall Essential Guide for College Writers. These essays are informal narrations of personal experience, yet they differ in style and subject:
- “The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl,” page 19.
- “Athletes and Education,” page 25.
Referring to specific passages in each essay, write a detailed, expansive post in which you:
- State the thesis or main idea of each essay.
- Compare the two essays in structure and style by considering the following:
- What do you notice about the way each essay begins and concludes, the order of the paragraphs, and the vocabulary used?
After you post your own analysis of the essays, read the posts of your classmates and respond to at least two of them. Your responses should be substantive and detailed, referring to the essays and to specific points made by your classmates. You may agree or disagree, but support your statements with references to the text. The focus of this discussion is on the writing strategies used in the essays, not on personal opinions about the topics of the essays.
Post your original response early in the week to make the discussion more interactive. Wait for several responses from your classmates to increase your learning, then read and respond to their messages.
Post your original message by Thursday of Unit 2 at midnight CST, and your responses by Sunday of Unit 2 at midnight CST. Please adhere to these deadlines, and please post on several days during the week versus making all posts on the same day of the week. Late points will be deducted, according the late work policy for the course, for main posts submitted after Thursday or for all posts made on the same day.