1. Choose the reading (“Unfriend My Heart”) Using a variety of citation strategies, such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting, describe the argument of the piece and the main points/examples it uses to support the argument. While you are leading us through a critical reading of the piece, engage and do something…engage with the material (like enter into a conversation with it) or use it as a framework to analyze your experience (the more specific, for example, postings on an Instagram account you follow, the better).
1. Synthesize texts/authors. Synthesize means balancing an analysis of individual texts/authors and then making connection between different texts/authors/your experiences. Putting two different things together in order to make a broader argument. Even if you are just critically engaging with someone else’s ideas you may be synthesizing their thoughts with yours.
2. Integrate/cite some of the course readings. You should be integrating 1-3 of the course readings, depending on which prompt you choose. Integration means relying on summary, paraphrase, and/or quotation.
Your essay should challenge you to think about your focus and push further than where you started in terms of coming to a realization. Assume your first conclusion is going to be an easy conclusion and see if you can arrive somewhere new, or unexpected, or interesting, or smarter than where you started from.
4. Write a citation strategies essay that is at least 5 full pages.
5. Use MLA style for formatting and citation. See the Purdue OWL for details.
That means you need to introduce and explain sources, why you are writing, concepts, etc. etc.
Nuts and Bolts:
Your essay should have a beginning, middle, and end. That means that you need an introduction that eases a reader into your topic/focus. It likely means that the last sentence in your introduction should be a thesis statement. A thesis statement outlines the argument/path of the paper. After the introduction, but before the middle part, you may need to summarize the main points of an article you are working with. The middle of the paper is where you may provide context for your argument and supporting points. You will also need a conclusion that wraps your essay up.