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Writing the Essay, Fall 2006 Instructor: Tara K. Parmiter [email protected] Progression 3: The Secret is in the Texts November 2 Read Encounters : Lewis Thomas, “The Corner of the Eye,” “The Lives of a Cell”; read Mercer Street 2003 : Lauren Covello, “Embracing Moondust” November 7 Exercise 1 due. Read 3 essays by your chosen essayist (see suggestions below). November 9 Exercise 2 due. Read 3 more essays by your chosen essayist. November 14 Progression 2 essay due. November 16 Exercise 3 due. Read 2 more essays by your chosen essayist. November 21 Exercise 4 due. Read Mercer Street 2004 : Ryan T. Bennett, “War on No Uncertain Terms”; read a critical article or book chapter about your essayist November 28 Exercise 5 due November 30 Workshop 1, Progression 3 draft December 5 Revision Workshop December 7 Workshop 2, Progression 3 draft December 12 Last Day! Final essay and revisions are due in my office by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 15 All writers have a unique voice and an informing vision. Here’s your chance to get intimate: your primary task throughout this final progression will be getting to know one writer’s work so well that you can make an interpretive claim about that work. After reading 8 essays by one writer, you will write an academic essay in which you share with your readers what you have discovered about the writer’s peculiar way of perceiving and revealing significant ideas and in which you explain the significance of that way of seeing for readers who want to understand the writer’s work.
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A note on the essayists: for this progression you will choose an essayist and read 8 essays by that writer. Encounters , however, includes no more than three essays by any one writer, so you will have to look elsewhere to find your additional texts. You can certainly purchase a book of essays (a good choice, for then you can write all over it) or you can rush to the library and try to grab a book before all the other Writing the Essay classes get there. To make life easier, I will place books by several Encounters essayists under reserve at Bobst Library. Reserve books cannot leave the library, but you can check them out for a two-hour period in which you can read the book at a table or simply photocopy a few essays and head on home. To find the reserve books, go to the reserve room on Lower Level 2 of the library. There you will find an on-line catalog specifically designed for reserve books. You will be able to locate our authors by last name or title of book, or you can find them by typing in the instructor’s name: Parmiter. Fill out your request on a card (including author name, book title, and reserve call number), bring the card to the reserve desk, and you’ll be on your way. The following titles are on reserve under “T. Parmiter”:
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