INSTRUCTIONS: Both essay assignments
require a close reading of primary sources.
Please follow these directions for
each essay assignment:
In your text, read the background on this source, and
then read or examine the source itself identifying key names, places, and terms. Also
begin to look for answers to the
questions that have been assigned.
After examining the source carefully, re-read the questions
to be answered in the essay and write a one-sentence statement that lays
out the main point or argument (thesis) of your paper. Type that
sentence at the top of the paper, and then below it organize and type an
outline that answers the questions assigned. The thesis statement and
outline provide the framework for the essay.
When writing the essay begin with an introductory
paragraph that includes the thesis statement. The introductory paragraph
should be followed by four to five paragraphs that answer the assigned
questions and support and develop the thesis. The body of the paper
should be followed by a conclusion that summarizes your argument.
The body paragraphs of the essay must be connected with
appropriate transition sentences. Do not simply answer the first
question with paragraph one followed by question two in the second
paragraph. Make transitions that connect the paragraphs together in a
unified argument that supports the thesis. Use the introduction and
conclusion to do the same- fit the essay together and support the
End the essay with a conclusion that summarizes the main
points of your paper. Be sure to keep the paper focused on the main
thesis and to write, simply and clearly, what you found and how you
interpret this particular source.
Essays should be in your own words. Use the textbook for
background reading only. Do not directly quote from the text;
paraphrase if necessary.
Outlines and essays must be typed, size 12 font.
Double-space between lines and paragraphs. The heading of the
paper should be the title of the source. All sources, including the
textbook, must be correctly cited at the back of the paper using the MLA
style. See the Harbor College Library website- Writing and Research
Guides for further help.
The outline, thesis statement and essay must be handed in
on the due date to receive full credit. These dates are listed in the
Essay 1: Jacob Riis and
Reforming Urban America